The WASH Project (Women Sanitation and Hygiene) is a campaign by Humans for Humanity initiated in 2014; its motive is to empower women through knowledge. It is disheartening to see the prevailing lack of awareness in the country about an extremely widespread and natural process and hard to believe that in an age where we claim to be ‘developed’, ‘progressive’, and ‘modern’, people still believe taboos and myths like menstruating women should not be allowed to enter the kitchen.
What all began with Mr Anurag Chauhan reading an article about the deaths caused by poor menstrual hygiene in India, is now a nationwide movement to improve the petty situation.
Census 2011 highlighted that around 336 million girls and women in India are of reproductive age and menstruate for 2-7 days, every month.
Yet an alarming number of women in the country don’t have access to menstrual products.
It is a cause of great concern since even under the title of women empowerment, this crucial issue is still being hushed and wrapped. How can women be empowered if we can’t save their lives? Instead of protecting them from the world, they need to be taught to save themselves. These are the ideas which led to the commencement of the WASH project. It aims to reach out to women, especially in rural areas, educate them about menstrual health end the stigma attached to the subject, and create awareness against misbeliefs.