Twitter Thread On A Conversation Woman Had With Her Maid On Menstrual Hygiene Is A Must Read

Even today, there is a lot of stigmas attached to menstruation. An entirely natural biological process that through years of religious beliefs and societal practices, has come to be classified under the “unspeakable” category. While this classification has caused women a lot of trouble since forever, the most important one is the lack of conversation on menstrual hygiene. While many are fortunate enough to have been born into educated and financially sound families, this isn’t the case with many other.

According to a recent study, 23 million girls drop out of school every year in India, when they start menstruating. And many among these later develop serious health concerns due to the lack of proper sanitation.

A Twitter user recently shared a conversation she had with her maid and the thread shows you exactly how bad the situation is among women of low-income groups.

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She spoke about how she had once asked her maid to use an old t-shirt of hers as a dusting cloth. Her maid’s response, however, surprised her:

Upon being asked why she doesn’t use sanitary napkins, her maid tells her they’re too expensive for her to be able to afford them every month.

The maid’s response again raises questions about the 12% GST levied on menstrual products.

The maid reveals that women in her neighbourhood often resort to worse options during their periods.

Apart from sharing about the incident, Twitter user @swatic12 also has a solution for the matter.

She urges each of us to play our parts, rather than just waiting for the government to fix everything:

Her tweets have been met with praise and support from others on Twitter, with many voicing their own experiences in this matter:

1. Indeed.

2. The simple steps matter.

3. It’s already making waves.

4. True.

5. This is something we can all do.

6. We’re all guilty of wasting so much more money on meaningless luxuries.

7. Yes, social media doesn’t just have to be about memes and trolls.

8. We all have to play our parts to see a better tomorrow.

This Twitter thread reminds us just how desolate the state of menstrual hygiene is in India, even today. But it also reminds us of how we are all responsible for bringing out a change by playing our small parts. The solution presented here is simple and definitely doable. Rather than simply raising our voices at the government, it would be more productive if we were all to join handles and build a brighter and safer future for the women of our country.