Intersectionality is an essential lens to approach community intervention work. We believe that within every community people of different genders experience marginalisation differently. Women and girls, and trans persons have several issues which need attention. To begin with, reproductive health, maternal health, social stigmas, educational inclusion are areas which need to be addressed. While it is a long journey, we want to make a start somewhere. As we work with stop-gap arrangements in certain areas, we are aware that the work will entail conversations, trainings and interventions and these can have desired outcomes only if people of all genders are included in the process.
WORKSHOPS WITH WOMEN AND ADOLESCENT GIRLS: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
- Workshop on understanding our body, reproductive health, menstruation hygiene, pre-menstruation and other symptoms, taboos related to menstruation and diet
- Understanding sexual and reproductive rights
- Distribution of educational handouts
- Reading of educational comics and viewing of educational videos
DISTRIBUTION OF SANITARY PADS, ESSENTIAL VITAMINS, IRON & FOLIC ACID TABLETS
- Distribution of sanitary pads (due to pandemic induced economic challenges and also to encourage safe practices)
- Distribution of iron and folic acid tablets and supplementary vitamins
Post program surveys will be done to understand if the women and adolescent girls are practices healthy menstruation practices, from sanitation to food intake.
Women and Adolsecent girls benefit from these workshops
Distribution of Sanitary Pads, Iron Tablets and Essential Vitamins to Women and Girls: Kamrup Metropolitan District
With the economic slowdown due to Covid 19 outbreak, women and girls of marginalised communities are facing challenges in purchasing sanitary pads. Most of them are also anaemic. Injot distributed a kit with sanitary pads, iron and folic acid tablets plus supplementary vitamins for 120 individuals in Kamrup Metropolitan district. An orientation session was also conducted about reproductive health, menstruation hygiene, pre-menstruation and other symptoms, taboos related to menstruation and diet, and instructions about how to take Iron tables were given. Young girls were given an understanding on physical and sexual safety. The same program will be extended in Kokrajhar district as well. This is only an interim solution to a much deeper issue and requires long-term measures. We are working on a few sustainable plans in this regard.