Last Updated:  06/02/2024

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Project Pitch By: Spark Minda Foundation

 

Proposed Project Title


Shakti : Strengthening Menstrual Hygiene Management for Women inside prisons of India

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Sanitation, Swachh Bharat, Hygiene Awareness

Project Synopsis

Menstrual hygiene management is not just a physical health matter but a human right too; it has profound psychological implications. SMFs Project Shakti aims to empower women in prisons and the community through menstrual hygiene awareness workshops within the prison facilities and the community, accompanied by the distribution of informative booklets and interactive sessions to encourage open discussions about menstrual health and breaking taboos. These workshops are conducted in collaboration with the India Vision Foundation and knowledge partners CSR Box, covering vulnerable communities in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu. Sanitary napkin vending machines have been installed in all prisons of Haryana and Uttrakhand, ensuring access to essential menstrual hygiene products. Women inmates are also taught how to use cloth in hygienic manner multiple times considering the limitation of access of Sanitary Pads inside the prison.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
below INR 0.3 Cr
Proposed Location
Prisons of India

Key Project Partners

Project Status
Active
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Women inmates in the prisons and in the communities of India
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Prison Authorities
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

 

SHAKTI

Goal: The goal is to instil the values of hygiene and safe practices in women inmates as well as to introduce them to menstrual hygiene management methods.

1. De-stigmatizing Menstruation:

-      Conduct awareness campaigns within the prisons to break the silence and de-stigmatize menstruation.

-      Organize workshops and discussions to create an open dialogue about menstrual health, addressing common myths and misconceptions.

 

2. Access to Safer Menstrual Health Products:

-      Facilitate access to safer and more hygienic menstrual health products for female inmates.

-      Collaborate with organizations or sponsors to provide a sustainable supply of eco-friendly menstrual products.

 

3. Education and Awareness on Menopause:

-      Develop informative sessions and materials to raise awareness about menopause among women inmates.

-      Include discussions on managing menopausal symptoms and accessing necessary healthcare support.

 

4. Knowledge Base Development:

-       Establish a robust knowledge base on menstrual hygiene by providing informative materials and resources.

-       Conduct interactive workshops to educate women inmates about the biological aspects of menstruation and the importance of maintaining menstrual hygiene.

 

5. Sustainable Behaviour Change:

-       Design sensitization components with a focus on sustainability, aiming to create lasting behaviour change post-workshops.

-       Incorporate follow-up sessions and resources to reinforce the knowledge gained during the workshops.

 

This proposed project aims to contribute significantly to the overall health and well-being of women inmates, promoting dignity, education and empowerment in managing their reproductive and menstrual health.

 

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Increased awareness and knowledge among women inmates regarding menstrual health and hygiene.
  2. Improved access to safer menstrual products within the prison facility.
  3. Reduction in the stigma associated with menstruation and menopause and sustainable behaviour change, ensuring continued well-being beyond the project duration.
 

About Spark Minda Foundation

About Spark Minda Foundation

Spark Minda Group has a legacy of Community Development since decades. Spark Minda Foundation (SMF) was incorporated under Section 8 of the Companies Act and is the CSR wing for the group companies to undertake CSR programmes since 2014. The main aim of SMF is to work for community development by catering to Skilling, Livelihood Promotion, Women Empowerment, Facilitation of Healthcare, Empowerment of People with Disabilities (PwDs) and to Sustain the Environment. Spark Minda has supported menstrual health initiatives across India. Collaborating with India Vision Foundation in 2016, menstrual health and hygiene management workshops with communities have been conducted in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, along with sessions conducted in the prisons for the female inmates of Haryana and Uttarakhand.      

 
 

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