WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

OLTL’s Women's Alliance is a women's empowerment initiative aiming to alleviate women's suffering, raise awareness of women's health & hygiene, and promote equality for all.

At present, the Women's Alliance is working towards this goal through Vocational Training Programs, Distribution of Shakti Pads, and Awareness Campaigns on Women's Health.

Shakti Pads

The Problem

251 million menstruating girls in India do not have access to sanitary pads. This is called “Period Poverty”.

Women and girls in India, especially in low income communities, often face a lack of access to menstrual products. Without proper sanitary hygiene products, they resort to using newspapers, dirty rags, and even leaves to manage their periods.

The combination of period poverty, stigmatization, and inadequate reproductive and sexual health education has major consequences for girls’ wellbeing. It can also prevent girls from staying in school and discourages parents from sending their daughters for studies.

The Response

OLTL’s Shakti Pads are biodegradable sanitary pads made by local women and distributed to hundreds of women living in slums and construction sites.

The term shakti generally refers to the female energy because shakti is responsible for creation, as mothers are responsible for birth. Shakti also means Power, Ability and Empowerment.

The Shakti Pads program targets low-income and migrant communities, establishes Women’s help groups, and raises awareness about women’s health and hygiene.

The term shakti generally refers to the female energy because shakti is responsible for creation, as mothers are responsible for birth. Shakti also means Power, Ability and Empowerment.

The Shakti Pads program targets low-income and migrant communities, establishes Women’s help groups, and raises awareness about women’s health and hygiene.

Local women are recruited from low-income communities and trained in the manufacturing process of Shakti Pads. They are then hired and given an honest wage. While working for Shakti Pads, these women gain self-confidence and become leaders in their communities.

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Social and cultural norms pose a lot of restrictions too, due to which girls are unable to enjoy freedom. Girls experience multiple forms of discrimination and violence in different contexts. Families normally give preference of education to their sons, seeing them as future earners. A majority of girls are either engaged in agricultural activities or household chores, specifically being in-charge of sibling care. Hence, they don’t get the opportunity to attend school.


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