“Amidst the unstable conditions that we are living in, coming to the Women-Led Community Center gives us the opportunity to invest our time, energy and skills into a productive activity that can benefit us and the women in our community,” says Junaida, a young Rohingya woman living in the sprawling Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Since January 2021, Junaida has been coming to the UNFPA-supported Women-Led Community Center in her camp to receive training on producing reusable sanitary pads for women in the Rohingya community. The aim of the initiative is to support Rohingya women to take care of their menstrual hygiene in a sustainable manner, as well as to give them the opportunity to cope with the stress caused by the ongoing crisis by engaging in activities beneficial for their community.
The inspiration for the initiative came from a focus group discussion with Rohingya women, where the need for women to have better access to sanitary pads was highlighted. Previously, many Rohingya women had received disposable sanitary pads with Dignity Kits that UNFPA had distributed to them. However, the women had felt that the pads had run out too quickly and lacked the means to buy new ones from the local market after finishing them.
To provide a more sustainable and dignified solution to the menstrual hygiene needs of women in the Rohingya community, the idea for producing reusable sanitary pads within the camps was devised. In addition to lasting longer due to their reusability, reusable sanitary pads are easy and practical, as women can wash and dry the used pads in a manner in line with cultural sensitivities.
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