Gangtok, 28 May:
Menstrual Hygiene Day was observed here today with different awareness activities on menstrual hygiene management for students at MG Marg.
The programme was jointly organised by the State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Zero Waste Himalayas. Menstrual Hygiene Day is marked every year on 28 May to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management.
Priyadarshini Shrestha from Zero Waste Himalayas informed that a week-long festival ‘Maasika Mahotsav’ was celebrated from 21 May and culminated today on World’s Menstrual Hygiene Day and discussed on menstruation mainly to break the silence on this issue by creating awareness and to remove stigma related to this issue.
She stated that the stigma cannot be removed instantly but the conversation on this issue would help remove it gradually and this initiative has been taken to talk openly on this issue.
Ms Shrestha added that social taboo is just a one part of the discussion, and that hygiene was another important issue related to menstruation.
She pointed out that sanitary pads were full of chemicals and most were not aware about its harmful effects which pose a serious threat to our environment and health.