For the first time in Assam’s history, the state government has decided to officially include sanitary napkins as part of relief material to be distributed during floods. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has sent out a notification to all district administration offices, asking them to include sanitary napkins in the list of relief items from the Gratuitous Relief fund.
This development, which coincides with World Menstrual Hygiene Day, is in response to a proposal submitted by Tezpur-based menstrual health activist Mayuri Bhattacharjee, who has been running a digital campaign on Change.org for over 2 years. To draw attention to the suffering of women in flood camps, she had even delivered a box of 300 pads to the ASDMA chief and to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma when he was the Health and Finance Minister in August 2020.
Headline8 had extensively covered the story in August 2020. The story can be read here.
Ms. Bhattacharjee’s campaign on Change.org called Dignity in Floods has been asking the government for 50 model women-friendly flood shelters which include pads in 10 flood-prone districts. She has attributed