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Jan 10, 2021

"Period Room" set up for women at a public toilet in Maharashtra

In a bid to help the women, residing in congested slums, during their menstruation days, a ‘period room’ has been set up at a public toilet in Maharashtra's Thane city. Equipped with several basic facilities, the period room aims to facilitate menstrual hygiene among women dwelling in slums. The much-needed facility has been set up by the Thane Municipal Corporation in collaboration with an NGO, at a slum in Shanti Nagar locality of Wagle Estate area in Thane.

Claimed to be the first-of-its-kind initiative, the ‘period room’ set up at a public toilet in a slum in Thane, was opened recently for women. Manish Joshi, the Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation said the 45,000 rupees low-cost facility will be replicated in all 120 community toilets in the city. The facility is set up keeping in mind the women living in small houses, who do not have a separate bathing section. Many times they find it difficult to change during periods. This facility will be a boon for such women and go a long way in promoting good hygiene. 

The civic body had been aided by NGO Muse Foundation in this initiative, and now, the NGO would be taking up the task of informing the women of the slum about the existence of such a room when they hold one of their regular sessions on menstrual hygiene.

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