Kerala Government To Distribute Free Sanitary Napkins In Schools

| November 9 , 2017 , 16:36 IST

Aimed at ensuring 'menstrual hygiene' among girls, the Kerala government on Wednesday launched the ‘She Pad’ scheme. Under this scheme, the state government will distribute free sanitary napkins to girl students from classes VI to XII in government and aided private schools affiliated to the state school board. The government will also provide napkin storage spaces & incinerators in these schools.

Kerala is the first state in the country that is distributing sanitary napkins to school students. Minister for Health and Social Justice K.K. Shylaja inaugurated the project at Janardanapuram Higher Secondary School, Ottasekharamangalam, by handing over the incinerator to Principal V. Sreekala. In her address, the Minister said the project aimed at the physical and mental health of teenage students.

The scheme will be implemented in 300 schools across 114 panchayats by the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation in collaboration with the local self-governing bodies. Depending upon the number of girls from classes VI to XII in various schools under its jurisdiction, a local governing body will give funds to the Kerala Women Development Corporation, which will distribute quality napkins in the schools.

The project will be extended to all government and aided schools in Kerala in the next academic year.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan while announcing this scheme wrote on Facebook and Twitter “Menstrual hygiene is every girl’s right. The scope of the scheme is not limited to the distribution of sanitary napkins. She Pad scheme aims to raise awareness about the need for menstrual hygiene. It also strives to break the taboo around the subject by helping girls to break free from the beliefs of impurity attached to it.

We hope other states too join the fray soon.