© 2019 by The JJ Metta Memorial Foundation Inc

The Period Dignity Project 

Our Period Dignity Project, launched on International Women's Day 2019,  will establish a women-run rural factory to produce clean, affordable and 100 percent compostable sanitary pads.  The pads will be distributed through woman-to-woman networks of small self-help groups, social centers, and nongovernmental organizations. These networks link women in rural communities that rarely have access to menstrual hygiene products made by large manufacturers.

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We'll provide productive employment and independent income for 6 to 10 women trained to make and distribute the pads. The women also will provide menstrual health and hygiene information through science-based community outreach programs.

Our pads will allow school-age girls to manage their period without missing classes and, for many, will mean the  difference between finishing their education and dropping out of school completely.

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There are 325 million menstruating females in India

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  • More than 80 percent of them don’t have access to safe affordable menstrual hygiene products. Most reuse—and often share—absorbent cloth that is difficult to clean and sanitize.

  • In rural India, millions of women use materials such as rags, or newspaper to absorb menstrual flow.

  • 75 percent of adolescent girls suffer infections and health disorders during menstruation.

  • One third of female students do not go to school during their period, and many drop out completely before finishing their basic education.