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mothers about menstruation, the choice of
                                                              products to handle menstruation and adoption
                                                              of improved practices. The Tata Trusts, through
                                                              these sessions, also aims to create a trickle-down
                                                              effect, where peer educators can be created within
                                                              schools. These peer educators can help take the
                                                              MHM conversation forward with other young
                                                              girls, if needed.
                                                                  Tata Trusts ‘Happy Period Room’ concept is
                                                              one such measure used to engage with the school-
                                                              going population. The Happy Period Room provides
                                                              a safe place for girls to access MHM products,
                                                              ensure privacy to change their pads, and avail
                                                              improved access to water and sanitation facilities.

                                                              advoCaCy WiTH CoMMuniTy and
                                                              governMenT Bodies

                                                              The sustainability of the MHM programme hinges
                                                              heavily on the support and involvement of key
                                                              stakeholders. At the community level, it is approval
                                                              of the gram panchayats and village elders and
            are conducted by the Tata Trusts’ subject experts   school authorities (see box 8). At the government
            in the classrooms. To break the ice with school   level, it calls for engagement with multiple
            children, female teachers are engaged to help build   ministries and departments (Health & Family
            an introduction. These school sessions focus on   Welfare, Women & Child Development, Water &
            creating awareness, addressing myths and taboos,   Sanitation, Rural Development, and Education).
            and providing knowledge on menstruation to girls.     It also calls for sustained behaviour change at
                The desired, actionable outcome of these      the individual, household and societal level. The
            sessions is to encourage girls to speak to their   MHM programme has embedded behaviour change

              Taking MHM to girls’ schools

              Gujarat has a total of 240 KGBVs established under Samagra Shiksha at present. The Tata Water Mission
              team extended the MHM programme to Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV), which falls under
              the Education Department, to cover the adolescent girls enrolled in 25 KGBVs in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir,
              Somnath, Junagadh and Dahod.
                  In the next phase, the Tata Water Mission Gujarat team will impart training on menstrual hygiene to
              staff members from each of the 25 KGBVs. These trained staff will in turn teach adolescent girls in their
              schools about the proper practices for menstrual health.

              (The KGBV scheme was launched by the Government of India in August 2004 for setting up residential schools at an
              upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, other backward class, and
        8     minorities in difficult areas. The scheme was merged with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 2007. With the RTE Act, 2009,
              coming into force (with effect from 1st April 2010) and the Sarva Shiksha Framework of implementation being revised
              to correspond to the RTE Act, the KGBV component of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is also being implemented in the overall
              context of child rights and child entitlements and in harmony with the spirit and stipulations of the Act.)

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