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May 30, 2018 Wednesday 01:13:35 PM IST

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines Should Be Installed in Institutes

Policy Indications

New Delhi: In a letter, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar to consider the installation of sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators within the premises of educational institutions across the country.

The commission, in its letter, highlighted the fact that about 23 per cent of girls miss school or drop out of school due to non-availability of hygienic sanitary products inside the educational institutions, an official from the NCW told Press Trust of India.

The letter from NCW also stated that female students face great difficulty when it comes to sanitation and hygiene, especially as many educational institutions fail to meet even the bare minimum standards, the official said.     

The letter also requested to install eco-friendly incinerators in all educational institutions.

In July 2017, University Grants Commission (UGC) had asked Universities to install sanitary napkin incinerators in women's hostels to ensure proper disposal of menstrual waste.

(Indebted to various sources)

Shouldn't we make our schools Menstrual Friendly?