No wedding gifts for UK's new royal couple, guests asked to contribute to Mumbai NGO providing sanitary pads
Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle got married on 19 May. The couple have asked fans to not send them any gifts. Instead, they have been asked to contribute towards buying sanitary pads for women living in Mumbai slums.
The couple have picked the Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation for the cause. This foundation provides pads to women living in Mumbai slums. The pads made by Myna are cheap and affordable.
An activist from Myna says that menstruation is still a taboo in India. Most of the grocery stores have male shopkeepers. Hence, women refuse to buy sanitary pads from there.
Due to menstruation being a taboo, women refuse to dry the blood stained clothes under the sun. They are usually kept in damp areas. This becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, and women are infected.
Currently, there are 15 workers at Myna who makes sanitary pads. Fifty others distribute pads across the slums in Mumbai. They go door-to-door and provide pads at a subsidized rates.
According to reports, there are thousands of women with no access to sanitary pads in Mumbai slums. Most of them use rags, old clothes, newspapers, hay, sand, or even ash.
This unique gesture of the royal couple has earned them some more fans from across the world!