Reusable sanitary pads for remote villagers

WOMEN and girls in remote villages and settlements in the Western Division will soon have access to reusable sanitary pads thanks to an initiative by the Pan Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) and the Rotary Club Lautoka.

Milika Marshall of Rotary Club Lautoka said the scheme was designed to provide women and girls easy access to sanitary pads while simultaneously giving PPSEAWA members in Lautoka a chance to generate some income.

“The Rotary Club has a charity project called Days for Girls which supplies handmade sanitary pads to girls living in remote rural areas,” Mrs Marshall said.

“The project began in India where during menstruation, women were isolated from the men and because they were unable to afford the luxury of having pads, they could not attend school or do any work during menstruation. Days for Girls helps young women go to school during menstruation and alleviates them from the need to purchase pads.

“The reusable sanitary pads are made of flannex material which is quick to clean and is given in a kit that is easy to use.”

PPSEAWA head of Lautoka Chapter Titilia Vuataki said the project would provide a huge boost for rural women and girls.

“It’s a great initiative by Rotary and we as women would like to participate in a project that will help the future of girls in Fiji,” she said.

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