Berhampur, May 28 (Localwire): Young girls from three slums in the Silk City have pledged to educate their peers on menstrual health to mark the World Menstrual Hygiene Day on Tuesday.
The initiative is led by two young girls: Sruti Kumari and Divya Bhanjani, both are school students.
“We have already started the awareness campaign among young girls in slum pockets.
On the occasion, we organised a rally with slogans and placards in the slums,” said 18-year-old Sruti.
Both Sruti and Divya have volunteered to spare their summer vacation to sensitize adolescent girls about the use of sanitary pads and other menstrual hygiene tips in 10 slums.
They started their campaign last month in slums of Raghupati Nagar, Gramdevati Street and Jagabandhu Street, said Bibhu Prasad Sahu of Youth for Social Development, a voluntary organization.
“We have already made a roadmap to sensitize over 100 adolescent girls in 10 slums on menstrual hygiene, fight stigma, access to sanitation infrastructure so that they return to schools,” said Bhanjani.
“We have also collaborated with ASHA, ANM and Anganwadi workers in these localities to educate children about menstrual hygiene, she said.