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- Context (TH): The Centre’s Draft Menstrual Hygiene Policy was recently hosted online for comments from the public and experts.
Objectives of the Policy
- To ensure that menstruating women and girls have access to safe, hygienic and quality menstrual products and sanitation facilities.
- To create an enabling environment for people, including women, girls, men and boys, to have access to correct information on menstruation.
- To address myths, stigma and gender issues around menstruation.
- To coordinate with different Central Government Ministries, States/ UTs and relevant stakeholders and sectors.
- To create a ‘menstrual-friendly environment’ in all settings, including homes, schools/ educational institutions, workplaces and public spaces.
- To foster innovative practices with social entrepreneurs and the private sector.
- To strengthen environmentally sustainable menstrual waste disposal.
Key Principles of the Policy
- Access and Affordability: Improving access to safe menstrual hygiene products and to reduce the financial burden of menstruation on individuals and families, particularly for those in low-income communities and marginalized groups.
- Equity: Prioritize equity to enable all menstruating individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status and geographical location, to have equal opportunities to access and manage their menstruation in a safe and hygienic way.
- Address disparities and barriers that prevent certain groups from accessing required menstrual hygiene products, resources and information.
- Inclusivity: All women and adolescent girls, persons with disabilities, ethnic groups, minorities, trans and nonbinary populations, vulnerable populations and specially identified groups will be specifically focused on.
- The policy also targets men and boys at the family and community level through awareness programs to strengthen men’s roles and build a conducive environment.