“Arrey Yaar Sun Na, Campus mai Pad Nahi hai” is very common among school,college and university going girls due to irresponsible administration of the campus. People across the world may be observing menstrual hygiene day on Tuesday, but for women, finding a sanitary napkin is a major problem in public places in the city. Almost all the city colleges, barring a few, lack sanitary napkin vending machine on their campuses.
A senior librarian at J D Women’s College, Ankita Kumari recalled how a student taking examination last week needed a sanitary napkin but could not be helped. “I was invigilating and a girl came to me asking for a pad. Her dress was totally stained and I regret I could not help her,” said Ankita, who was invigilating then, in her Interview with TOI.
A second year commerce student at St Xavier’s College, Annuradha Kumari admitted that there was no sanitary pad vending machine at her college and the girl students faced problems sometimes.
Though Patna Women’s College has a vending machine, it is not functional for the past nine months. Alka Kumari, a teacher, attributed it to the misuse of sanitary napkins. Not only in educational institutes, women at workplace also face similar problems in the city. A woman employee at the state education department said there was no facility for sanitary pads at the Secretariat. She also said though there were separate toilets for women, there was no dustbin where used napkins could be disposed of.
Around 500 million menstruators globally lack access to basic water and sanitation facilities during menstruation.Toilets are important for menstrual hygiene management as most menstruators find privacy inside them to wash or change menstrual products. But just a toilet isn’t enough. We need period-friendly toilets which give menstruators the confidence to manage their periods with dignity.
“We have implemented several Sanitary Bank in most of Schools & College campus of Patna, but administrative authorities of the schools and college don’t wish to take responsibility for maintenance and also the cost of maintenance, that’s the main reason to fail this program in the city. Most of NGO of patna willing to take charge of maintenance but they didn’t connect with the right person in the campus to do that. If they will support us then this will be functional in the campus soon. ” said Amrita Singh & Pallavi Sinha, Co-founder of Nav Astitva Foundation.
“With a view to promote menstrual health of women and adolescent girls by ensuring availability of quality sanitary napkins, the Haryana Government has decided to install automated sanitary napkin vending machine and incinerators in all government colleges in the state in 2017. Similarly, In Lucknow, In the year 2015,Girls college installs Uttar Pradesh’s first sanitary pad vending machine. But, In Bihar Government Authorities is looking for a miracle.There are so many awareness programmes organize in urban even on global level on menstruation, many it is observed that in rural people take it as taboos surrounding menstruation we explored solutions to address limiting norms and values and barriers to knowledge and education. We shared different methodological approaches especially through counseling tailored for different target audiences (school-going girls, abondened girls or drop out of school; women, especially girls with disabilities,” Said Sarita Rai, who works for Juveline girls child in Bihar.