Viviana Corvaia

Sanitary Napkins

When we say “Human Rights”, probably the word menstruation is not exactly the first thing that comes to our mind.

Yet this is a thorny subject which is ignored in many countries of the world and which sees women victims, at different levels, of their “own being”. From East to West, beliefs are handed down from generation to generation, and most of the time they prevent a normal, healthy and unrestricted life. We think, for example, how complicated it can be for a woman to deal with the whole menstrual cycle without having available sanitary material, such as soap. In Africa, Nepal, inIndia and many other developing countries, where economic conditions are precarious, women are cut off from all this. Often they are obliged to be absent from school or work, because someCutting cloth alone is not enough.

These are the reasons that have prompted many NGOs in recent years to specialize in the production of tampons to be distributed free of charge or almost, in rural areas, villages and in poor areas in general. This is the case of JRP – jeevan Rekha Parishad, an organization present in bhubaneswar, capital of the State of orisha (India), which has undertaken this activity, to support and protect against infectious diseases and hardships, women in villages.


The current project is called Santiray Napkins, and sees some women involved in the various stages of product creation up to the packagin. The material used is cotton and hypoallergenic, moreover, a pack costs 10 Rupees, almost 90% less than the absorbents on the market. The most significant aspect remains that of spreading awareness among the girls: << we must bring the project to promote the use of sanitary napkins in the village schools, we need a way to be able to communicate with the girls >>, says Madhumista Mishra, Vice President JRP; << sometimes they don't really know what happens inside their body and they don't have anyone to whom they can expose their doubts >>.