As a part of awareness, a sanitary napkin vending machine was installed on Monday at a college in Jharkhand’s Baharagora, a semi-urban area in Ghatsila sub-division.
The machine was installed at girls’ wash room in order to support a campaign about menstrual health and hygiene by the Women Empowerment Committee of the CII Jharkhand Council.
Welcoming the initiative, college Principal Satyapriya Mahalik said this move would help girl students and working women in the college. The initiative was sponsored by a local businessman.
The machine was installed in the presence of local MLA Kunal Sarangi, who thanked the CII for this noble initiative.
This would help many girl students, who come from a rural and tribal base, to develop a healthy practice of menstrual management in the college campus, Sarangi said.
CII Women Empowerment Panel Convener Ujwala Asundi Kumar said they have a target of installing sanitary napkin vending machines in 1000 colleges and schools by this year.
CII Jharkhand also proposed to implement coin based sanitary napkin dispensers at public washrooms in schools and colleges, railway stations and at Ranchi airport for the convenience of students and travellers, a CII release said.
The dual benefits of convenient access and eliminating the awkwardness associated with purchasing napkins will put a lot of women at ease, it said.
(With PTI inputs)