Miss World Manushi Chhillar, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, and Miss World Organisation Chairwoman Julia Morley have announced that they will be making sanitary napkins available for free for girls in government schools. Manushi, who has been propagating the idea of menstrual hygiene through Project Shakti since before she was crowned, has launched the campaign in her home state.
In a recently held press conference, which she attended with her parents, Manushree said she feels happy to see the people of Haryana looking at women differently and says her beauty pageant win will "definitely" bring about a change and encourage girls from her state, said a report by India Today.
I think when women from any community do well, it is a very big encouragement for all the girls, especially in a place like Haryana where people presume women are looked down upon but now the situation is changing," Manushi told IANS when asked how her win will give a new life to the girls of her state.
She added that most of the achievers from her state are women.
I am happy that people from Haryana are looking differently at women now. Yes there was not much participation in beauty pageants from my state but now things are changing and I am happy that girls are becoming beauty queens, she added.
The initiative is set to cost the Haryana government Rs 18 crore. Speaking at the conference, Khattar said,
I want to announce today that I will be making sanitary napkins available for free for all girls in the government schools of Haryana.
He further added that the state government will be collaborating with Manushree for one more cause — that of anaemia in women. "About 61 percent of girls in India suffer from anaemia because of iron deficiency; girls' health is a top concern for us. So, Manushi Chhillar will now be the brand ambassador in our fight against anaemia," he said.
With inputs from IANS.