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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020

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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020

To celebrate the Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020, HCL Foundation under its Clean Noida Project organized an online workshop to discuss the issue of health and sustainability. The aim is to initiate conversations around menstrual hygiene, create awareness on sustainable menstrual management, and inspire action from the millennial generation. We discussed how COVID-19 has affected the women’s access to menstrual hygiene products and toilets for managing menstruation, especially given the presence of male and older family and community members. The lockdown had adversely impacted access to menstrual hygiene information and products, and affected the ability to maintain hygiene during periods in privacy and with dignity for millions of girls and women.


The session was conducted by Swati, Founder of Harit Griha who has a background in Environment Studies and Development Management. The session covered different aspects related to menstruation:

  • Menstrual Hygiene
  • Taboos around menstruation
  • Factors affecting Menstrual Hygiene
  • Disposal of sanitary napkins
  • Waste generated through non-biodegradable sanitary napkins
  • Types of adsorbents
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)


We shared different alternatives to reduce the menstrual waste, pros and cons of different alternatives, discussed about different case studies of community and individual about sustainable menstruation.