Till date the concept of menstruation is still looked down upon in many parts of the world. It is still considered it to be ‘impure’. People should understand that it is nothing but a natural process. It is the sign of a healthy woman and there is nothing impure about it. On that note, the World Menstrual Hygiene Day plays an important role to create awareness.
What is actually the red dot challenge?
It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.
Dia Mirza: “Not only do we need to put a period on shaming the period, we must ensure we switch to using sustainable products that protect our health and the health of the environment. I use biodegradable sanitary napkins. Many have started using menstrual cups and re-usable/washable cloth napkins. These products need to be made easily accessible and cost effective so many more women can benefit from personal hygiene that secures their health and protects our planet. #DYK regular sanitary napkins are made mostly of plastic? This plastic lasts in the environment for hundreds of years. Most often sanitary napkins are incinerated and are a source of toxic waste. Spread the word and be the change.”