Seminar on MHM of adolescent girls with disabilities
Published: 09:35 PM, 5 February 2021 Updated: 12:22 AM, 8 February 2021
Arnab Chakraborty, Director, Red Orange Media and Communications and Alor Jatra Project spoke at the seminar.
Discussions about menstruation is still a taboo in Bangladesh. As a result, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) remains a huge challenge for women and girls. This challenge becomes multiple fold for women and girls with disabilities. To address this issue, RedOrange Media and Communications organized a seminar titled ‘Alor Jatra: Lessons Learnt and Way Forward to Amplify the Advocacy’.
The ‘Alor Jatra’ project has been working since 2019 to create awareness about Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) for adolescents with disabilities. This project has organised multiple school campaigns, workshops and social media campaigns to spread awareness about MHM for adolescent girls with disabilities among everyone, especially parents, teachers and caregivers.
The purpose of this seminar was to exchange knowledge and experiences about MHM practices and management for adolescent girls with disabilities. The panelists discussed how they can take interventions at a national level and include this issue in government policies.
Arnab Chakraborty, Director of RedOrange Media and Communications and Project Director of ‘Alor Jatra’ project, says the government’s National Adolescent Health Strategy has given priority to the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents with disabilities which is a commendable initiative. “Through the ‘Alor Jatra’ project, we have tried to raise awareness among parents, teachers, and caregivers,” he said, however, “public-private integrated initiatives and implementation are much needed in this regard.”
Speaking as a Special Guest, the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation, Shamim Ferdous applauded the ‘Alor Jatra’ project for working on the important issue of MHM for adolescents with disabiliites. At the same time, he advised giving importance to working at the root levels in the management of menstruation health management for adolescents with disabilities.
Representatives of various governmental and non-governmental organizations including Family Planning Association of Bangladesh, UNDP, UNICEF, Handicap International, BRAC, RHSTEP were present at the seminar.