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Kerala’s Kumbalangi to Become India’s 1st Sanitary Napkin-Free Village; Know More


A total of 5,000 menstrual cups will be distributed to women aged 18 and above in the village as part of the Avalkayi (for her) scheme

A village in Kerala is being hailed for becoming the first-ever sanitary napkin-free village in the country. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Thursday declared Kumbalangi in Ernakulam district as the first napkin-free village in the country. Let’s take a look at why this is such a milestone and how it will benefit women.

Under the initiative, titled Avalkayi (for her), around 5,000 menstrual cups will be distributed to women aged 18 and above.

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While Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden will be leading the project, HLL Management Academy through their ‘Thingal’ scheme and Indian Oil Corporation are the other partners in the scheme. Organisers of the campaign said that volunteers will give the women training on the use and advantages of using the menstrual cup.

“Beautiful village Kumbalangi will be a role model for others. Schemes like this will empower women. If villages prosper, our country will prosper,” the governor was quoted as saying in his inaugural address.

Menstrual cups, while being around for very long, have gained popularity in recent times. They are made of medical-grade silicone, rubber, or plastic and are usually reusable, which makes them a better option over sanitary pads or tampons. Menstrual cups are also cost-effective and environment-friendly compared to different menstrual products, making them a better option.

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