What makes changing this so difficult?
“Inside this area was a string, hanging to the sheets, pointing to which Shefali said, “this is where I put it to dry.” She was talking about the used sanitary cloth which she discretely washes at the bore well … I pointed out to her and said that there is no sunlight in that dingy corner. “How would the cloth dry?” I asked.
In a matter-of-fact manner, she looked at me and said, “It’s a used sanitary cloth. How can we dry it outside? This is how we all do it. We find a corner in the house, where the others can’t see, and then dry them.”
“88 percent of India’s 355 million menstruating women have no access to sanitary pads. “
“Not just health, but lack of menstrual hygiene management takes its toll on the education of young girls… almost 23 percent of girls drop out of school when they start menstruating. In some places as many as 66 percent of girls skip school during this time and one-third of them eventually drop out.”
So, what makes changing this so difficult?
“We don’t talk about these issues.”
[Read more at: Why menstruation is a nightmare for many women in India, By Kamala Sripada]
And yet, like women’s clothing, a woman’s period remains everybody’s business 😦