American Progressive Telugu Association Women Empowerment Forum (AWEF) is taking up a new initiative AWEP (APTA Women Empowerment Program) which focuses on providing sanitary napkins, Incinerators ( Machine to burn used pads) & organize awareness sessions of using pads in Government High Schools in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which will start on March 8th.
To kick off this AWEP project , APTA has chosen Jubilee High School, Rayavaram , Palnadu as a pilot project and inaugurating free pad/napkin supplies, incinerator including awareness sessions among school girls about the usage. In addition, APTA is also providing free sports gear/equipment to the school, to attract and retain the students in the campus for enhanced learning and fun!, pilot project will be inaugurated on Feb 26th
Thousands of girls and women face sanitary challenges every month in remote villages due to lack of access to female hygienic pads. Imagine a female student in a high school, in an area of poverty and malnutrition, who want to excel in school because it is your only ticket to the future but have to face this problem and can’t attend school. Just imagine. Alas! Reality is painful in that part of the world. Imagine the frustration, the sadness, and the shame they feel every month. They are forced to improvise with unhygienic alternatives. These alternatives put them at a higher risk for infectious diseases and missing more school days as a result. Thousands of girls and women go through this challenge every month in some places due to lack of access to female hygienic pads. Having access to sanitary pads is not luxury for these girls (or even women for that matter) it is a basic human right, the right for basic means to cleanliness, for health, for education and above all, the preservation of human dignity.