"Sahuliyat Kashmir Organized In Collaboration With Agaaz International Menstrual Hygiene Cum Sanitary Napkin Distribution Drive"

' PAKEEZA ' An awareness workshop on sustainable menstrual health cum menstrual kit distribution drive was organised jointly by  Sahuliyat Kashmir and Agaaz International in Zalpora Sumbal, Bandipora on 15 Jul 2021.Despite the modernisation and developments, a normal biological process called menstruation is still considered a taboo topic to  talk about and people often find themselves embarassed at the prospect of discussing the subject. This leads to women usually being deprived of access to safe menstrual practices thereby risking their overall health.The workshop was organised with  the  prime objective of educating the females about the process, practices, management of menstruation and ending period poverty which still remains a  great challenge in the rural Kashmir. In the workshop the females were informed about the harms of unhygienic menstrual practices, the nature of the process, and harmful effects of using plastic pads for their bodies and environment. Also the usefulness of cloth pads and how it will lead to a healthy life and a plastic-free environment was discussed in a fun and inclusive manner. Agaaz international under their PAKEEZA initiative have been working on sustainable menstrual health in rural areas since last many years which is first of its kind in the valley. Till now they have trained thousands of females including school teachers, institution heads, community heads, etc and provided more than two lakh sanitary napkins to the needy including the distributions under emergency response during covid lockdown since 2020. The aim of this project is to equip the females and develop a healthy attitude in  them towards their bodies and environment. Sahuliyat Kashmir Voluntary Trust and Agaaz International were already working on the same topic. They have been awaring people about menstrual hygiene and also distributed sanitary napkins free of cost monthly during the lockdown of 2020. Sahuliyat Kashmir Voluntary Trust provided free sanitary napkins, not only to their registered beneficiaries but also to every sister who couldn't step out from her house during lockdown, and used to deliver sanitary napkins at their doorsteps.