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
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.