Talking about menstrual hygiene is a rather hush-hush affair in India. But actor Kareena Kapoor Khan did not mince any words on the subject while attending an event called ‘Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women’ in Lucknow on Saturday. The event was organised by Unicef, Hindustan Times and Hindustan in cooperation with National Health Mission (NHM).
“I have a 30 days schedule in a month. We do not stop working but use the right products, keep healthy and clean. Why should others, especially girls, be termed dirty or compelled to miss school?” asked Kareena.
“Do not keep complexities in mind. Ask the government to provide products as this is not a matter of shame. We should feel proud being girls,” she said. She also appealed to men, asking them to be supportive of women during their menstrual cycle, as they go through a lot of pain and sometimes mood swings.
Known for her bold as well as comic avatar, Kareena went straight to the topic. She appealed to the state government to ensure school girls have access to toilets. “It’s my earnest request to provide separate toilets for girls in schools. Let’s respect their privacy,” the actor said.
Member of Parliament Dimple Yadav, who has been spearheading the mission Poshan and various other schemes for the girl child in Uttar Pradesh, also made a candid confession from the dais. “We do not talk to girls about menstruation before it happens to them. I must say I also did not speak about it,” she said.
“Because we don’t talk, girls are left crying and in pain,” she added.
On the occasion, a special document ‘UP Menstrual Hygiene and Adolescent Empowerment’ was also released which is essentially a roadmap to provide sanitary napkins to girls and raise awareness about menstrual hygiene in the state. Statistics say 87% girls still use old cloth as absorbent while menstruating.