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                                                     Empowering women and girls to

                                                 take charge of their menstrual health

                      For many adolescent girls and women in India, a general lack of   This  has clearly impacted  Nazreen’s personal approach to

                      awareness and the stigma attached to discussing menstrual        menstrual hygiene as she now buys and uses reusable cloth
                      hygiene acts as a significant barrier to promoting safe and       pads stitched by  the  MHM-run  Shakti  Stitching  Centre.  By
                      healthy menstrual practices.                                     introducing Nazreen and other women and girls in the village to
                                                                                       an easy-to-use technology, such as the matka incinerator, along
                      Tata Trusts’ Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) intervention
                                                                                       with the use of reusable cloth pads, has helped the Trusts’
                      aims  to  change  this  by  fostering  greater  awareness  and
                                                                                       teams to address issues of access, availability, and a ordability
                      promoting the use of eco-friendly and sustainable MHM practices
                                                                                       of menstrual products in rural and remote communities.
                      through a supply chain involving local Self-Help Groups (SHGs)

                      and Cluster Resource Persons (CRPs), who help ensure access to           The programme’s promotion of only reusable products
                      good quality and eco-friendly menstrual absorbents for women               with e ective disposal techniques also ensures the
                      and girls in under-resourced communities.                                    safe disposal of used absorbents, thereby
                                                                                                     empowering women to make informed decisions
                      That is how 22-year-old Nazreen, a resident of Tendava
                                                                                                              about their menstrual health.
                      Alpimishr village in the Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh,
                      learnt to use a home-based matka incinerator to dispose
                      disposable sanitary napkins. Attending a session

                      conducted by CRP  Beenu helped
                                                          A woman using
                      Nazreen learn how to create an      a matka incinerator
                      earthen pot incinerator. She also
                      attended other information sessions based

                      on the MHM programme’s Social Behaviour
                      Change Communications (SBCC) campaign.

                                                                                                                  CLEAN WATER
                                                                                                               6 AND SANITATION
                                                                                                               PROJECT ALIGNS WITH SDG

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