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Gender Empowerment

The importance of water supply and sanitation facilities for school girls

MALVA BASKOVICH & BERENICE FLORES ARIAS UIJTEWAAL|MAY 29, 2019

Courtesy:

Dr. Jyoti Jaiswal,Director,GAD

WSS Facilities & Menstrual Hygiene Management in Rural Schools of Latin America 
How memorable is your “first period story”?
Were you at school? Did you dare to tell a friend or teacher?
Did you have a proper functioning bathroom to run to, with a door you could close?
And for the male readers: have you considered what it wouldbe like, as a teenager, to be surprised by a first perioduring class, surrounded by your school peers?
While menstruation is a normal and healthy part of life for women, the impact of menstruation—and particularly a first period— in a poor-income setting presents difficult challenges for young girls and women and can easily turn into a nightmare. Inadequate infrastructure, such as the lack of gender-segregated private bathrooms, and the quantity, quality, and coverage levels of such facilities put the health and safety of girls and women in jeopardy. The lack of sanitary pads and lack of arrangements for proper disposal of pads, present additional burdens. An inadequate WSS environment for acceptable Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) creates health risks and may constitute a cause for dropping out of school, among other negative impacts on the community (UNICEF, 2017).

DR. Pooja patil
Ass. Prof: JK HOSPITAL , obs and gyane dept.MP,India

WORLD WATER THERAPY DAY