The program series to denounce Period Poverty in Sri Lanka organized by Nelumyaya Foundation titled ‘Mihimawa Surakina Haritha Diyaniyo’ (Girls Go Green) had their country central session at the Hatton city of Nuwara Eliya District on Sunday (Oct.7).
The program was sponsored by Development Lotteries Board (DLB). Chairman of DLB Mr. Sena Sooriyapperuma and the staff members were also present at the occasion.
The concept of sanitation by accessing reusable environmentally friendly sanitary pads is being promoted by Nelumyaya Foundation.
Period Poverty is a topic that reached the attention of the modern world. Nelumyaya Foundation is playing an active role in Sri Lanka’s Period Poverty for almost a year now.
Deduction of import taxes for sanitary pads made for commercial purposes also denoted the fact that even the Government has its attention on the subject. But Nelumyaya Foundation, acting even from beyond the point, focuses on the importance of introducing the concept of sanitation through accessing reusable environmentally friendly sanitary pads.
The program was held in the central of the Hatton city, and over hundred women and their daughters, representing the mountainous community, attended.
Sociologist Thushara Manoj conducted a very comprehensive session about menstruation, and the social constraints emerge adherent to the problem, by observing and collecting opinion from the audience in regard to social barriers and stigma upon women’s periods exclusively exist among Tamil people in their areas in the mountainous community.
Director of Programs of Nelumyaya Foundation Attorney Radika Gunaratne, elaborating the objectives of Nelumyaya Foundation with its commitment to end Poverty in Sri Lanka, made a demonstration on how eliminating Period Poverty can be used as one component to end Poverty of this country. She demonstrated about the health and environmental damage caused by accessing commercial sanitary products involving at least 2 grams of plastic. Challenges in accessing sanitary pads made of clothes were also discussed in the event.
The alternative to the commercial sanitary pad introduced by Nelumyaya Foundation, the reusable environmentally friendly sanitary pad made of special fabric clinically tested for safe use, was demonstrated by Hansani Sampath of Nelumyaya Foundation.
The islandwide ‘Mihimawa Surakina Haritha Diyaniyo’ program organized by Nelumyaya Foundation was introduced to make Sri Lanka free from Period Poverty. Nelumyaya Foundation by now also makes a noticeable contribution in relate to the Microfinance Crisis in Sri Lanka as well.
Photos - Ajith senevirathne