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KHUSHI

By Subhojit Panda

In today’s world, it’s hard to be a woman. You must think like a man, act like a lady, look like a young girl, and work like a machine. A woman plays varied characters in her lifetime- friend, wife, daughter, sister, mother- a woman is the pillar of strength of the society today. The world should increasingly come to realize that dedicating a day to celebrate womanhood is simply not enough. Woman cutting across spheres should be respected every single day. In this regard, the Govt. is also striving hard to ensure that women are not deprived of their basic rights and opportunities. Back home, as part of its initiatives to empower women, the Odisha Govt. recently launched a scheme named KHUSHI to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in Govt. and Govt.-aided schools. Team Coffee Bytes caught up with a few ladies from different professions to find out what womanhood really means to them and their reaction towards the KHUSHI scheme.

                             

Khusboo Das(Woman Entrepreneur)

Womanhood is:

A set of words or phrases can never define what womanhood is all about. Womanhood is the feeling that you are empowered and no force on earth can shut you down. You are soft-hearted, caring and affectionate yet when your loved ones are in trouble, you can fight with the whole world. That’s womanhood for me!

Womanhood is:

True womanhood stems from being bold, expressive and maintaining one’s dignity. Having a dream, a vision and working towards achieving is crucial for every woman. Even if you’re a housewife, embrace what you’re, take pride in being a woman and consider that you are no less than a man. This is womanhood!

Womenhood is:

Womanhood is realizing that a woman is the most beautiful creation of God, not only on physical aspects but on every aspect. She sacrifies a lot in her life yet she always keeps intact a smile on her beautiful lips. A women playing varied roles in life with ease… defines womanhood!

SaritA Pattnaik
(Mrs India Worldwide 2017)

Womenhood is:

Womanhood is being a woman of warmth, care, intelligence and substance. A woman is not her hair color, her weight, or her skin color. It is only you and the womanhood that provides the strength and power to move on in life.Womenhood has taught me to be empowered, dignified and strongwilled.

 

Women I adore:

Though I admire KalpanaChawla and Indira Gandhi for their indomitable spirit and courage, my mother was, is and will always remain my source of inspiration. She is someone who has raised me with such care and affection that cannot be put into words. I bow down to her selfless love and sacrificing nature.

Women I adore:

I truly get inspired by Mother Teresa because of her selfless charity work. I also closely follow MalalaYousufzai. From defying Talibanism in Pakistan to being the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala is a living example for every woman around the world!

Nibedita Lenka
(Social Activist)

Women I adore:

Every woman on this earth irrespective of their profession inspires me. Each woman is beautiful and special in her own way. She faces hardships every day yet she never gives up and inspires everyone who comes her way!

Women I adore:

This might sound a bit diplomatic, but honestly I look up to every woman on this planet! Each and every female member of my family, I adore and respect them all. Every woman that I come across in my life have inspired me thoroughly and I wish the same happens with me till my last breathe.

On KHUSHI scheme:

Sanitary napkins are a necessity, not a luxury. Having free, easy access to menstrual products is essential. These are as much of a necessity as pencils and paper. This step will go a long way in promoting health and hygiene among adolescent girls and lead to higher retention in schools

Gungun
(Celebrity Anchor)

On KHUSHI scheme:

The unavailability of sanitary pads, inadequate sanitation and absence of separate toilets for girls in schools is a major concern for dropouts of girls from schools. Govt. should also initiate one-to-one counseling process at schools to dispel the myths and taboos on menstruation and tackle the drop out and absenteeism issue.

On KHUSHI scheme:

In India, about 23% of girls drop out of school when they start menstruating. A large percentage of women are forced to use old cloth, newspaper and even mud during menstruation. I’d like to personally thank the Govt. for coming up with such a revolutionary scheme as it would empower the young school going girls.

On KHUSHI scheme:

The scheme will not only take care of the menstrual needs of young school going girls but also help in making them feel empowered to carry the messages on hygiene practice into their households and community. They will feel free to discuss and guide the other girls in the community who are preparing for their first menstruation cycle.

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