According to the 2011 census, 64.7% of women in the world are currently within the menstrual age and majority of them do not have access to clean environments or safe products. Menstruation has always been surrounded with myths and taboos in many Indian societies.
Lack of knowledge about menstruation and the associated myths have the following implications for most of the girls:
Upon identifying these myths and its repercussions, Indian Dreams Foundation (IDF) decided to develop a program named "Smiley Days", to help with girls and women's health issues, and to enable them to develop and succeed in life.
Smiley Days is a new initiative that aims to address female health and hygiene issues, and promote awareness in economically backward communities. The program will be targeting 11-20 year old girls, who live in urban and rural slums, to ensure that they have adequate information about the importance of personal hygiene.
The main objectives of this project are to identify hygiene practices, and their effect on health, lifestyle, mental well-being and education. Details are below:
The program's objectives are achieved through key strategies in the target community:
In order to achieve the objective with the key strategies listed above, the goal of this program is to impact the lifestyle of women by providing access to information about menstrual hygiene and health practices, to allow for education during this time, and access to economical sanitary products
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