18th February 2021 (Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli)

On 18th February 2021, DRDA, in collaboration with NABFOUNDATION, organized a medical camp under the 'My Pad | My Right’ initiative in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

The event was inaugurated by the District collector, and several other officials from DRDA, banks and other government departments were present to extend their support for the initiative.

A gathering of around 100+ women was present for the event.

16th February 2021 (West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya)

On 16th February 2021, a menstrual hygiene awareness program and medical camp were organized under NABFOUNDATION’s ‘My Pad|My Right’ initiative, in collaboration with Jaintia Hills Development Society (JHDS) for residents of three villages of Thadbamon, Thadialong, Lummuriap in West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.

324 individuals were present for the event and the women were sensitised on several issues related to the maintenance of menstrual hygiene.

Dr. R.H Borbhuya, MO incharge, Barato PHC, Dr. Mahbub H. Borbhuya, MO incharge, Sahsniang PHC, and Ms. Fair-i-ca Siangshai, Supervisor PHC helped in organizing the event.

The event was covered by several media channels such as Doordarshan, Shillong Times, Syllad Online News, and Wyrta Online News.

12th February 2021 (Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh)

On 12th February 2021, a menstrual hygiene awareness program was organized under NABFOUNDATION’S ‘My Pad|My Right’ initiative, in collaboration with Sarvanari JanKalyan Samiti at Dongargarh block, Rajnandgaon District, Chhattisgarh.

Hon’ble District Collector Shri Topeshwar Verma inaugurated the event.

Around 150 women SHG members were present for the event and were informed about the practices of maintaining menstrual hygiene. The women were then asked to discuss questions pertaining to their menstrual cycle.

5th February 2021 (Warangal, Telangana)

On 5th February 2021, a menstrual hygiene awareness program and medical camp were organized under NABFOUNDATION’s ‘My Pad|My Right’ initiative, in collaboration with Sridharani NGO in Warangal, Telangana.

Hon’ble MLA Shri Sudarshan Reddy, the Municipal Commissioner, District Medical Officer of Warangal, and the Municipal Chairman inaugurated the event.

A gynaecologist from the district conducted an awareness program on menstrual hygiene to discuss this topic in depth with the 400 SHG women members and 50 ASHA workers present for the event.

16th January 2021 (Gwalior, Madya Pradesh)

On 16th January 2021, a menstrual hygiene awareness program and medical camp was organized under NABFOUNDATION’s ‘My Pad|My Right’ initiative, in collaboration with Arise Evam Away Foundation Samiti, in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Gynaecologist, Dr. Vibha Pal, discussed several facets of menstrual hygiene in an attempt to raise awareness on this subject and move past the stigma attached to it. Approximately 81 SHG women members were present for this session and were able to freely discuss their queries regarding the subject. A medical check-up of 163 men and women was also conducted.

15th January 2021 (Sambalpur, Odisha)

On 15th January 2021, a menstrual hygiene awareness program was organized under NABFOUNDATION’s ‘My Pad|My Right’ initiative, in collaboration with the Association for Development and Research in Socio-economic Activities (ADARSA) in Bargaon, Sambalpur, Odisha.

The PD-DRDA, BDO, LDM, DPM-OLM, DSWO, DPC- Mission Shakti, PIA - ADARSA SHG members, and some media professionals were present for event.

In order to destigmatize the subject and raise awareness, a gynaecologist discussed several facets of menstrual health with the women present. The women were then allowed to discuss any queries they had regarding their menstrual cycle.

The event was well received and covered in local newspapers.

4th January 2021 (Alappuzha, Kerala)

In December 2020, The 'Padman of India,' Padma Shri A. Muruganantham personally installed his award-winning pad-making machine in Alappuzha district, Kerala, under NABFOUNDATION's 'My Pad|My Right' project. Soon after, on 4th January 2021, an inauguration event was held to commence the pad production process.

The event was inaugurated by Shri Shaji KV, DMD, NABARD, in the presence of Shri Balachandran, CGM, Kerala and Shri T K Premkumar, DDM, Alappuzha. The DMD then interacted with the women members from Oruma SHG, and informed the local media about the project's genesis, aspirations, and expected outcomes. Smt. Sudha Varghese, Assistant Vice-President, NABFOUNDATION, also interacted with the SHG women and played a crucial role in effectively delivering the pad production training.

The Oruma SHG women were able to produce the pads on the day of the event, thereby marking the event as a huge success. Dr. Jyothilekshmi, Principal of St. Joseph Women’s College, was presented with the first packet of pads produced by the SHG women under ‘My Pad|My Right’ project in Alappuzha, Kerala.

04th November 2020 (Hapur, Uttar Pradesh)

On 04.11.2020, Shaurya Shakti Foundation, a civil society organization in association with NABFOUNDATION organized an awareness program on Menstrual Hygiene and the project "My Pad. My Right" in Mubarakpur village of Simbhavali block in Hapur District, UP. The participation of women and young girls in large numbers was overwhelming, considering the tabooed subject. Shaurya Shakti Foundation also distributed sample pads among the women. In our effort to spread awareness among these women, the importance of educating their young daughters on menstruation before menarche, maintaining personal hygiene and use of sanitary pads in place of traditional methods were stressed upon.

03rd November 2020 (Rewari, Haryana)

The first medical camp under project “My Pad. My Right” was organised in Rewari District of Haryana on 03.11.2020. The unique Livelihoods cum Menstrual Hygiene got its field launch in a truly dynamic manner with songs and skits performed by the participating NGO and SHG members. NABFOUNDATION’s film on menstrual hygiene was also screened for the benefit of the women present.

The program was inaugurated by Smt. Shashi Bala, District Panchayat President Councilor, Rewari while NABFOUNDATION was represented by Smt. Sudha Varghese. Smt. Sudha Varghese provided critical information on the finer operational aspects of the programme. She made the women aware about the misconceptions related to menstruation, keeping in mind the health benefits of their coming generations especially young girls.

Two doctors, Dr. Pawan Kumar, MD and Dr. Priyanka Yadav, Gynaecologist also graced the occasion and explained in details the health benefits of using pads during menstruation.

Our special thanks to Shri Mr. Jagdish Parihar, District Development Manager, NABARD who organized the programme in a seamless manner and motivated the SHG members to embrace change and make this project truly meaningful by looking at both production and marketing issues with passion.