“Amidst the unstable situations that we live in, coming to the Ladies-Led Neighborhood Middle provides us the chance to speculate our time, power and abilities right into a productive exercise that may profit us and the ladies in our group,” says Junaida, a younger Rohingya lady residing within the sprawling Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Since January 2021, Junaida has been coming to the UNFPA-supported Ladies-Led Neighborhood Middle in her camp to obtain coaching on producing reusable sanitary pads for ladies within the Rohingya group. The intention of the initiative is to help Rohingya ladies to maintain their menstrual hygiene in a sustainable method, in addition to to provide them the chance to deal with the stress attributable to the continued disaster by participating in actions helpful for his or her group.
The inspiration for the initiative got here from a spotlight group dialogue with Rohingya ladies, the place the necessity for ladies to have higher entry to sanitary pads was highlighted. Beforehand, many Rohingya ladies had acquired disposable sanitary pads with Dignity Kits that UNFPA had distributed to them. Nonetheless, the ladies had felt that the pads had run out too rapidly and lacked the means to purchase new ones from the native market after ending them.
To offer a extra sustainable and dignified answer to the menstrual hygiene wants of girls within the Rohingya group, the concept for producing reusable sanitary pads throughout the camps was devised. Along with lasting longer because of their reusability, reusable sanitary pads are straightforward and sensible, as ladies can wash and dry the used pads in a fashion consistent with cultural sensitivities.
“Particularly for these of us who stay in tiny locations within the camps, with the ability to reuse and wash the pads saves us time and makes us really feel extra comfy. It’s now not a burdensome activity we have to undertake to look after our our bodies each month,” Junaida explains.
Within the first three months of the initiative, the ladies enrolled within the coaching programme have produced over 6500 reusable pads. Selina, the Head Grasp Tailor Coach answerable for giving the lessons, is impressed by the speed at which she has seen the tailoring abilities of the ladies enhance. “The ladies additionally really feel empowered, as a result of they’re producing one thing that’s helpful to the well being, well-being and luxury of girls and younger ladies locally,” she provides.
Junaida herself emphasizes how she finds a way of objective from the truth that her work is really serving to the ladies in her group who’ve gone by a lot after fleeing to Bangladesh in 2017.
“Particularly after the current hearth that broken our houses within the camps, these pads are one thing that all of us want. Durations don’t cease throughout a disaster, in emergency settings or amidst a pandemic,” she declares.