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Udita project to now expand to 90,000 Anganwadis
To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, Directorate ICDS and WaterAid India observed the successful pilot of the Udita Project, which will now expand to more than 90,000 Anganwadi centres across the State. As part of the expansion, WaterAid India will be supporting the Government in the capacity building of the Anganwadi workers to disseminate information on safe and healthy menstrual hygiene management.
“It is important to talk about the taboos surrounding menstruation. Girls and women need to be made aware so that they can manage their menstruation safely and hygienically. The Udita Project should become a movement of change and ensure that no woman or girl in the State or the country is ignorant of menstruation,” said JN Kansotia, Principal Secretary, Woman and Child Development Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
During the event, various awareness materials were showcased that will be used to fight taboos and also raise awareness about menstruation amongst girls and women. WaterAid India also shared an interesting animation video created to spread awareness on the issue of menstrual hygiene. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuT333cesYc)
In addition, there were dance performances by various artists on the theme of menstruation and menstrual hygiene management. There were also competitions on quiz and embroidery that were organised for the event participants. A special photo exhibition highlighting the positive changes that the Udita corners are bringing in the lives of women and girls of Madhya Pradesh was displayed by ICDS and WaterAid India. The event was attended by around 500 girls and women from different parts of Madhya Pradesh.
“The Udita Project is helping women and girls stay healthy and enabling them to gain access to information and materials on menstruation. The Project is also increasing awareness on anaemia and the need for good nutrition,” said Pushpalata Singh, Commissioner, Integrated Child Development Services, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
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