Installation of Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine – An initiative by Women Empowerment Cell
DY Patil Deemed to be University, School of Management has successfully installed Sanitary Napkins Vending Machine – ‘Freedom Vending Machine’in Girl’s Common Room on 20th October 2018.
The vending machines were installed to ensure an effective, safe and convenient mode for any time access to sanitary napkins. The purpose is to promote safe and hygienic- sanitary practices among women and girls.
Whenever any girl in the college would need a sanitary napkin, she would either have to ask the Faculty in charge or rush to a nearest medical store to purchase a pack of sanitary napkins.
The Head of Women Empowerment cell, DY Patil Deemed to be University, School of Management, Ms. Sushma Nichani said that a social taboo was observed to be attached with sanitary napkins, wherein a majority of girls and women hesitate to go to medicine outlets to buy them. This results in unsafe practices and the use of unhygienic materials during their menstrual period.
This is in line with “Swatch Bharat” scheme as well as the “Beti Bachao” scheme and also in line with maintenance of the hygienic needs of the female staff and students said Prof. Dr. R. Gopal , Director, Head of the Department and Former Dean, DY Patil Deemed to be University, School of Management.
After installation, a small demonstration in English & Hindi was given to the female students, Teaching & Non- Teaching staff. Females from the Housekeeping & Security also attended the session. The Demonstration video is also circulated to create awareness and easy accessibility.
Using a sanitary napkin vending machine is no rocket science. A girl requiring a sanitary pad needs to put a Rs. 5 coin in the machine and outcomes the sanitary napkin.
Ms. Tarangini Sharma, member of Women Empowerment Cell said that this is the need of the hour and will ensure hygienic practices among girl students. It is likely to bring down absenteeism during menstrual periods, as well as prevent infections and promote hygiene.