Awareness on personal hygiene for women inmates conducted

Awareness on personal hygiene for women inmates conducted
Mass awareness programme for school students and community at Ukhrul today
IMPHAL, May 25
An awareness program on personal hygiene, with special emphasis on menstrual hygiene management, was organised by Manipur State Legal Services Authority in collaboration with Breaking the Silence (a global campaign) for women inmates and their children at the premises of Manipur Central Jail, Imphal.
The program was part of the ten-day long campaign for enhancing legal services to women inmates and their accompanying children in prisons. Speaking as a resource person, Founder and CEO of Breaking the Silence, Urmila Chanam sensitized the women participants on understanding menstruation, different sanitary products and their correct uses, best hygiene practices etc.
The three hour long training deliberated on correct and institutional level disposal of used sanitary material.
Women participants shared their personal challenges and enquired on problems regarding infection, use of sanitary pads and the menstruation stigma which pose certain restrictions on them.
As part of the program, women inmates wrote down the discrimination and the myths regarding menstruation on a balloon and set off the inflated balloon in the air signifying letting go of the myths that subjugate women during menstruation.
The dignitaries lauded the organisers for conducting the programme in view of the upcoming International Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28 while Chief Guest of the event, Naorem Rajnikanta Singh, Dist & Session Judge, Ukhrul said that the training was practical and effective in addressing health and self-esteem issues and women inmates would benefit from such awareness.
Alek Muivah, CJM, Ukhrul, who attended as guest of honour, encouraged the women inmates to utilize their time in planning for a better future after completing their term and to be positive and not to lose hope.
Asem Tarunkumari Devi, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Imphal West, Advocate Dhane Singh, Legal Aid Counsel, Imphal East.
Breaking the Silence Campaign is heading for Ukhrul district to conduct mass awareness programme for school students and the community tomorrow.

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