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Why gender inclusion is important to achieve sustainable sanitation outcomes
India

Why gender inclusion is important to achieve sustainable sanitation outcomes

Recognising the direct impact of improved sanitation on the lives of people, the role of communities, especially the most marginalised sections, in planning, implementing, and evaluating schemes holds utmost importance

Sustainable menstruation: An explainer on how eco-friendly menstrual hygiene ensures a safer environment
Lifestyle

Sustainable menstruation: An explainer on how eco-friendly menstrual hygiene ensures a safer environment

Sanitary pads, tampons, and other menstrual hygiene products are categorized as ‘dry municipal waste’ under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. There is ambiguity on whether menstrual waste should be considered as biomedical waste or plastic waste.

In Nepal, a storytelling initiative engages local women in dispelling stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene
Lifestyle

In Nepal, a storytelling initiative engages local women in dispelling stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene

The story of Kumari seeks to empower the women of Nepal to voice their discomfort with practices that should be critiqued, but have been pushed behind a veneer of culture.

Fight to demystify menstruation is on in rural India, where the taboo continues to costs lives
science

Fight to demystify menstruation is on in rural India, where the taboo continues to costs lives

While people in urban cities are more open to talking about it, the veil is still very much present in rural India.

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Chennai sanitation workers bear brunt of improperly disposed pads
India

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Chennai sanitation workers bear brunt of improperly disposed pads

While menstruation itself continues to be a taboo subject, unhygienic use and disposal of sanitary pads — especially in metropolitan cities like Chennai — is slowly exacting a toll on not only the environment but also human lives.

Stree Swabhiman initiative's manual machine-spun pads could herald a sanitary napkin revolution in India
India

Stree Swabhiman initiative's manual machine-spun pads could herald a sanitary napkin revolution in India

In January, the Union Information Technology, and Electronics Ministry launched the Stree Swabhiman initiative, under which Common Service Centres (CSCs) now have sanitary pad manufacturing units around the country.

GST exemption for sanitary pads not end of fight; affordability, policy changes still needed for safe menstrual hygiene
India

GST exemption for sanitary pads not end of fight; affordability, policy changes still needed for safe menstrual hygiene

Research shows that only 12% of the 497 million women in India have access to sanitary napkins, and their poor menstrual hygiene was mainly because of lack of affordability.

Government scraps GST on sanitary napkins: Women politicians across party lines welcome move
Business

Government scraps GST on sanitary napkins: Women politicians across party lines welcome move

Women politicians, cutting across party lines, have welcomed the government's decision on scrapping GST on sanitary napkins.

Bleeding without tax: Centre making sanitary napkins GST-free cause to rejoice, but some fear manufacturers may hike prices
India

Bleeding without tax: Centre making sanitary napkins GST-free cause to rejoice, but some fear manufacturers may hike prices

The Centre has withdrawn the 12 percent GST levied on sanitary napkins, which it earlier taxed as a luxury product.

Centre's menstrual hygiene drive increases sanitary napkin use, but shoddy quality of product, other problems reduce impact
India

Centre's menstrual hygiene drive increases sanitary napkin use, but shoddy quality of product, other problems reduce impact

The use of sanitary napkins has increased driven by a central government drive to promote menstrual hygiene, but the scheme suffers from multiple problems

Meet the Padwoman of rural Madhya Pradesh, who's championing menstrual hygiene
Life

Meet the Padwoman of rural Madhya Pradesh, who's championing menstrual hygiene

Maya Vishwakarma from Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district is working towards making affordable pads, teaching women to use them, and creating employment opportunities in the process | #FirstCulture

Padman should be screened in village schools and hostels, says scientist Maya Vishwakarma in letter to Akshay Kumar
Entertainment

Padman should be screened in village schools and hostels, says scientist Maya Vishwakarma in letter to Akshay Kumar

Maya Vishwakarma, working towards educating tribal women about menstrual health and providing them with cheap sanitary pads, urged Padman star Akshay Kumar to screen the movie in village schools and hostels

Padman to be made tax-free in Rajashthan, announces CM Vasundhara Raje
Entertainment

Padman to be made tax-free in Rajashthan, announces CM Vasundhara Raje

Vasundhara Raje said she wants maximum number of women to see the Akshay Kumar starrer Padman so that the message on sanitary hygiene can spread

R Balki on Padman being banned in Pakistan: 'They have their own reasons but I think they are wrong'
Entertainment

R Balki on Padman being banned in Pakistan: 'They have their own reasons but I think they are wrong'

Filmmaker R. Balki, whose latest film Padman starring Akshay Kumar is yet to release in Pakistan, says banning the movie means being unfair to women and humanity

Beyond Padman: Biodegradable pads, sustainable manufacturing and disposal system are need of the hour
Life

Beyond Padman: Biodegradable pads, sustainable manufacturing and disposal system are need of the hour

End-to-end solutions around sanitary pads need to be chalked out for a true menstrual hygiene revolution in India | #FirstCulture

Akshay Kumar on Padman: I always wanted to work and make such films, but never had enough money
Entertainment

Akshay Kumar on Padman: I always wanted to work and make such films, but never had enough money

Padman's story is inspired from the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating the low-cost sanitary napkins machine.

Ahead of Padman release, Twinkle Khanna interacts with Malala Yousafzai, addresses Oxford students
Entertainment

Ahead of Padman release, Twinkle Khanna interacts with Malala Yousafzai, addresses Oxford students

Twinkle Khanna addressed students at The Oxford Union, interacted with Malala Yousafzai and screened the trailer of her upcoming film Padman

Padman star Sonam Kapoor finds ignorance towards menstrual hygiene baffling
Entertainment

Padman star Sonam Kapoor finds ignorance towards menstrual hygiene baffling

Padman actor Sonam Kapoor feels people's regressive thinking and ignorance towards menstrual hygiene is baffling

GST on sanitary napkins: 12% isn’t sexist and zero tax may not be the best way to incentivise use
Business

GST on sanitary napkins: 12% isn’t sexist and zero tax may not be the best way to incentivise use

Menstrual hygiene is a serious issue which has not got the attention it deserves. We need some dispassionate and informed debate on this crucial issue.