A training was held on first reusable pad-making program on 12th May, 2018 from 1 to 5 pm at Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Studio, Anamnagar. A total of 26 participants (14 external, 9 organizers, 1 Resource Person, 1 SDG Studio, 1 JCYCN) took part in the training. The Resource Person of the training was Ms. Sharda Bista, who is a Registered Nurse and a Public Health Professional.
HerPad is a youth initiative campaign initiated by a group of SDGs School Batch II with enthusiastic young minds in coordination with SDGs Studio, National Youth Council (NYC), Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) and Urban Environmental Management Society that aims to provide training on making reusable menstrual pads to the female prisoners of Kathmandu. The campaign aimed mainly on two things. First, it aimed to assess the knowledge and practices of menstrual hygiene. Second, to demonstrate female prisoners to make reusable menstrual pads and make them self-empowered to make a living out of it.
The training commenced with a round of informal introduction among all the participants. During the introduction, participants shared their experiences related to menstrual hygiene and taboos as well as highlighted on their reasons for attending the training on reusable pad making. Most of the participants were from Public Health background. Some had already been working in the sector of menstrual hygiene and wanted to learn about reusable pad-making in order to pass on this skill to their fellow co-workers and communities they had been working with.
The introduction was followed by a session on menstrual hygiene by the resource person Ms. Sharda Bista. During this session, Ms.Sharda asked the participants about their knowledge and perception on menstruation. The participants actively explained menstruation as a natural phenomenon. Then Ms. Sharda gave a pictorial demonstration of the process of menstruation along with a video presentation.
After that, there was a session on menstrual hygiene and sanitation, in which various aspects such as the need to change pads in an interval of 6 hours, its proper disposal along with various other measures to ensure cleanliness and hygiene during menstrual cycle were discussed.
After that, there was a short break of 30 minutes.
After the break, the practical session on reusable pad making started with Ms. Sharda giving a demonstration on how to make the reusable pad. All the participants were provided with clothes, needle, thread, scissors and other necessary materials for making the reusable pads. They were guided by the resource person individually as well as in groups throughout the process. The session lasted for about an hour. By the end of the session, all participants learnt to make the reusable sanitary pads.
At the end of the program, Ms. Promisha Mishra, one of the organizers, thanked all the participants for their active participation as well as shared information about team formation for the upcoming training to female prisoners. Mr.Tilottam Poudel, President of Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), also delivered the closing remarks by thanking all the participants and wishing the best for their future endeavors in the sector of menstrual hygiene and reusable pad making. The training ended with a group photo shoot and participants taking home the reusable sanitary pads that they had made.