To create awareness and training to the tribal girls and women from West Bengal and Odissa on safe menstrual health and hygiene practice.
West Bengal (Sunderban, Birbhum, Purulia districts) and Odissa (Puri, Daringbadi districts)
- Women have been trained on safe menstrual health and hygiene practice.
- 25,179 women hygiene kits consisting of handmade sanitary pads were distributed.
- Women have been trained to address their basic requirement of having privacy while bathing by helping them build bathrooms by using the local resources.
- 541 “Chuppi Todo” (Break the Silence) awareness creation sessions on menstrual hygiene management have been effective in breaking the taboo among the tribal population.
- 159 kitchen gardens were implemented by women in their backyard. Adequate training was provided in nurturing and utilizing the garden yield for their nutritional requirements.
Story of Change
In the village of Aliaput in Puri district, Odisha, a team from Goonj conducted a session to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. Initially, adolescent girls and women were hesitant to listen, as the topic is considered taboo to discuss in public. However, with persistent effort and persuasion, they finally agreed to participate in the session. During the meeting, the Goonj team observed that the community was very hesitant to speak about menstruation and preferred to avoid going outside or interacting with anyone during their periods. The team explained to them how menstruation is a natural biological phenomenon and encouraged them to speak up about their concerns regarding health and hygiene during their menstrual cycle. After the session, the women's behavior significantly changed for the better.