Dr. Bharati Lavekar, popularly known as The Padwoman of India, launched an initiative to ensure that sanitary pads reach women who are from the underprivileged sections of the society. She is taking keen initiative to promote pads through her pet project namely Tee foundation’s sanitary pad bank. Dr. Lavekar is a sitting MLA from the Versova constituency at Andheri West in Mumbai.
Tee Foundation has been granted an automatic sanitary pad vending machine, disposal machine and a menstrual health kit, containing painkillers, pack of undergarment, and literature on how to care for oneself during menstruation as well as how the perceptions of both men and women towards menstruation need a change.
It may be noted that Dr. Bharati Lavekar has been educating women about the importance of Sanitary napkins via 53 schools under the wings of her ‘Tee Foundation Sanitary Pad Bank’ initiative that promotes menstrual hygiene and easy accessibility of sanitary pads available to the underprivileged women.
Apart from this, she also emphasized on period leave, wherein she advised that schools, colleges and workplace should grant period leaves to students and employees. Along with this, she also highlighted about disposable machines which have been set up in schools and public toilets by her foundation.
Dr. Bharati Lavekar, on the occasion of World Menstrual Day, commented, “When I paid a visit to my constituency to see if woman use pads, I observed that the majority of them were using cloth instead of napkins, due to social stigma which can lead to many life-threatening infections and it’s essential for women to maintain menstrual hygiene. Hence, it made me think of launching the digital Sanitary Napkin Bank for provisioning sanitary pads online to women.”
About Dr Bharati Lavekar:
Dr. Bharati Lavekar has been awarded the first lady award by honourable President of India Shree Ramnath Kovind for starting India’s first Sanitary Pad Bank. She is the president of Tee Foundation a NGO that works for women and children and sitting MLA from the Versova assembly constituency. She has done M.A (Political Science), M. Phil. B.J (Bachelor of Journalism) and holds a P.hd in (Uniform Civil Code). She is active in public life for the more than 25 years. She is highly sensitive to the plight of underprivileged women, and has made it her life’s mission to fight for their rights.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist