A Kashmiri woman, Irfana Zargar, is placing sanitary kits in public washrooms of Srinagar as a part of a menstrual hygiene crusade to supply napkins free of cost to native women. Irfana installed a home-made Eva Safety Door sanitary serviette kit for women and young girls in the public washrooms which lack such facilities for the ladies.
The sanitary kit includes sanitisers, baby diapers and wet tissues at the side of the sanitary pads.
“To start with, I started this initiative in my society and placed sanitary kits in 15 washrooms. My aim used to be to make Kashmiri women feel safe and self-assured whenever they trip outdoor and never feel helpless,” Irfana told ANI.
Irfana Zargar is a working employee and manages the expense of the sanitary kits from her own pocket to help others who could also be disadvantaged of these facilities. She started this initiative before the COVID-19 pandemic and continued her efforts even in the midst of the lockdown.
“All over the lockdown, I started ‘door-to-door’ delivery of these sanitary kits to supply a hygienic menstrual experience to all of the women in the valley,” she said.
The objective of this initiative is to supply these basic amenities free of cost to the women all over an emergency or unusual hours.
“I salute Irfana Ji for this endeavour. It’s a very empowering step for the women across Srinagar,” Meraj-u-din Ahmad, a Srinagar Municipal Corporation employee, said.
Native residents of Srinagar also appreciated the efforts of Irfana Zargar and said that it used to be not only a great step for women safety but also a humanitarian cause.
“College girls and working ladies come and use these sanitary kits. It’s a great initiative and helps such a lot of women at unusual hours,” Fehmeeda Jan, a native resident, told ANI.
“It’s a humanitarian cause which is helping such a lot of women and will have to be applauded and supported by everyone. Soaps and sanitisers are the need of the hour. This initiative has motivated people to emphasise upon hygiene and cleanliness as mannered,” Bashir Ahmad, a shopkeeper, said.
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