Our Vision & Mission
Safe N’ Happy Periods hopes to encourage a shame-free, dignified and sustainable menstruation time for women in India. We use a combined approach of education and pad distribution, to spread awareness and increased access to sanitation.
We are glad to spread this message amongst girls and women of different age groups across various sections of the society. We can imagine the extent of reach presuming that these girls and women, in some way or the other, would share and pass on the hygiene habits and other useful information to their friends, family members etc.
Why we started?
A girl in India faces many challenges. Especially when they grow into young adults, as current views on menstruation and the lack of proper education on this topic creates a burden for their daily lives.
We believe that if the girl is well informed about the menstruation progress and hygiene at the right age, and if we manage to remove misconceptions from her mind as well from those surrounding here, she will be able to handle the emotional trauma and stigma of shamefulness as she begins her journey as a young women. Also, she will be able to face the hormonal changes in her body with awareness and confidence.
We feel that spreading awareness and educating girls, their families and society can significantly reduce the burden on young girl adults: allowing them to focus on living healthier lives and accomplishing their goals.
Furthermore, a well-informed girl will surely and confidently speak to her mother or sisters about correct menstrual hygiene practices and will help to eliminate wrong and unhealthy practices most women in lower socio-economic sections have been adopting for generations. Self-aware and empowered women will pave the way for building a healthier society.
Girls think that Menstruation is a disease. (UKAID)
Girls do not know anything about periods before their first period
Girls & women do not know the importance of menstruation or the biological process behind it. (Unicef MHM)
Girls suffer from menstrual infection of some kind. (Wateraid)
Why Menstrual Education is Important?
A lack of correct and timely education increases chances of having:
– Diseases like UTI’s, STI’s and cervical cancers
– Complications with conception, childbirth and infertility
– Low self-esteem and confidence
– The toxic culture of shame, discrimination and superstition is carried to the next generation.
– Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, PCOD, PCOS and other gynaecological disorders
– Shame or lack of education means that many women do not seek medical advice.
– Loss of productivity/attendance at work and school
– Women’s freedom of movement, education and wages are affected.
Our team consist of local and international volunteers, all willing to contribute to a create a shame-free and pain free menstruation time in the society. Their efforts range from assisting in workshops, to creating more awareness on social media. They interact with women and work on research along with operations. Their efforts are appreciated as they all work hard and do this selflessly!