“NO MORE LIMITS” IS THE THEME FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY ON 28TH MAY AND MISS WORLD MANUSHI CHHILLAR, MISS WORLD ORGANIZATION, NDMC AND AAKAR INNOVATIONS REITERATE THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE “FREEDOM FROM SHAME.”
GUINNESS BOOK RECORD HOLDER ROOP BETALA AND 3 OF HIS MARATHON PEERS WOULD FINISH A UNIQUE HALF MARATHON TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE. MISS WORLD 2017 MANUSHI CHHILLAR &300 NDMC SCHOOL GIRLS WOULD JOIN THEM AT CENTRAL PARK INNER CIRCLE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE AT 7 AM. ALL WOULD THEN WALK FROM CENTRAL PARK TO NDMC AUDITORIUM, ADJACENT TO PALIKA BHAWAN ON PARLIAMENT STREET, NEW DELHI.
WE INVITE THE CITIZENS OF DELHI TO JOIN & WALK TO CREATE AWARENESS AND PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR FEMALE HYGIENE AND HEALTH.
Today:- New Delh, May – The World Menstrual Hygiene Day was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and was a global platform that brought together all key development partners including UNICEF, WaterAid, WSSCC, Global Citizen, USAID, Plan and PATH. Aakar Innovations also joined hands with WASH United in the same year.
This year to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management and its theme “No More Limits” Miss World ManushiChhillar, NDMC and AAKAR Innovations would empower girls through good menstrual hygiene to “Run Forever Fun Forever” with Guinness Book of World Record holder Roop Betala.
Miss World ManushiChhillar, Miss World Chairperson Julia Morley, NDMC officials, 300 NDMC girl students and teachers, RoopBetalaand the Aakar India and global teams would join Delhites to walk for awareness and to raise funds for Menstrual Health and Hygiene. All your Readers are Welcome to Walk with them from 7.30 am from Central Park in Connaught Place till the Entry of PallikaBhawan of NDMC on Parliament Street.
LETS TALK ABOUT MENSTRUATION – AAKAR SOCIAL VENTURES raises awareness about the many challenges women face regarding menstruation and provides solutions to address these challenges.
India would raise the bar on the 5thAnnual World Menstrual Hygiene Day 28th May 2018, with New Delhimarking a unique celebration in which the smartest small city of India, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) would become the first school system to provide totally environment friendly (100% compostable) sanitary napkins each month to nearly 6,000 girls in its 30 schools.
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar of India, herself a doctor in the making, taught menstrual hygiene to NDMC school children, Guiness Book record holder and philanthropist Roop Betala will run a half marathon with his friends to raise awareness, NDMC would adopt the use of India’s only totally eco-friendly sanitary napkin, ‘Anandi Eco’ napkins manufactured by Aakar Innovations.
Aakar is the only Menstrual Health Sector technology innovator that has been chosen in the top 150 ‘Champions of Change’ Team by the Niti Aayog and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Aakar has continuously worked on natural fibers and other bio materials to ensure that its napkins are high quality. Studies by major medical research institutions show that other napkins using chemicals and plastic and SAP could cause infertility among young women and may lead to life-threatening Toxic Shock Syndrome(TSS).
India perhaps has the single largest number of women and young girls that do not have access to sanitary and hygienic menstrual products. The 2018 Global Menstrual Hygiene Day Campaign theme ‘#NoMoreLimits-Empowering women and girls through good menstrual hygiene’ made a big dent as Aakar Innovations announced that it has been officially certified as the only 100% compostable sanitary napkin with no chemicals, plastics or any other material that could prevent it turning to manure in a compost pit.
One may recollect that Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, her other continental winner colleagues from around the world and the Miss World Organization led by its Chairwoman Julia Morley had joined Aakar for an India tour in February 2018 to raise awareness on female hygiene and health and promote the use of sanitary napkins. Star-powered Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar who also won the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ crown for her project in Female Hygiene and Health says she is dedicated to promoting the cause to millions and millions of young girls and women around the world. It may be noted that Miss World Chairwoman Mrs. Morley gave up the bikini and swim suit section of the contest to carve out the ‘Beauty with Purpose’ section saying her title holders would contribute in positive ways to the world than just glamour.
“Run Forever Fun Forever” is a quote synonymous with Mr. Roop Betala, a Guinness Book of World Record holder- an ardent Marathon runner whose passion is no more confined to running. He has taken a larger than life form of philanthropy where he has started raising funds to not only distribute free sanitary napkins to underprivileged girls but also create awareness on safe and hygiene practices during menstruation.
Menstruation, the most natural bio-physiological phenomenon in a woman’s life cycle, is considered dirty and impure throughout India. Issues such as lack of awareness, lack of access, and affordability force approximately 315 million women to rely on old rags, plastic, sand, and ash to address their sanitation needs during their menstrual cycle. In India, adolescent girls (age 12-19) miss five school days in a month due to menstruation. Around 23% of these girls actually drop out of school after they begin menstruating.
Aakar is a hybrid social enterprise that enables women to produce and distribute affordable, high-quality,100% compostable sanitary napkins within their communities while simultaneously raising awareness and sensitization of menstrual hygiene management. Aakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd. is one of the selected company among 2 other Global MNC giants in the female hygiene and health sector to be included by the Government of India in the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for sanitary napkins.
Aakar has been celebrating the annual World Menstrual Hygiene Day since inception in Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat. For 2016 & 2017, Aakar joined hands with NDMC, Govt. of Delhi and Sachchi Saheli to celebrate World MH Day in Delhi. Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar joining the campaign in 2018 has given it a new dimension. Manushi joined hands with Aakar Innovations during the Miss World Epic Humanitarian Tour in February with Miss World CEO and founder of Beauty With A Purpose, Julia Morley, as well as Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle and the 6 Miss World 2017 Continental winners.
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