Menstrual hygiene is still a taboo subject to discuss and talk about in Indian society. Deepalaya has been actively working in this area through different initiatives linked with women-empowerment and awareness about their rights. It is in this context that a project for manufacturing sanitary napkins and creating awareness on the issue has been set up in Dwarka. One of its key activities is to spread the word about the unit in different areas and to make people aware how a cheaper solution can protect women from several diseases and infections. One such awareness session was conducted on 21st March, 2017 in the slums of Noida, where a girl child education project and a vocational training center is located.
The training was organized for seven ladies from Umang SHG. A sanitary napkin unit was set up by Umang SHG and sponsored by Amway India. The two day training was conducted on 24th and 25th January 2017 by Ms. Feroza Shaikh, Trainer, S.A. Associates. The first day started with the opening and setting up of machines. The instructor sensitized women to maintain the dust free and clean premises for the unit. She told everybody to always wear gloves and caps while handling the napkin to prevent any impurities. They were advised to maintain hygienic conditions while manufacturing.