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“This is something that gets neglected really easily because for a lot of people, and especially for countries like Pakistan—where laws are made by men, when relief work is led by men—there’s no discussion around what a woman needs,” says Sana Lokhandwala, co-founder of HER Pakistan.
“We need to understand that menstruation does not stop during disasters,” she asserted, adding that since most relief workers and receivers of the relief packages are men, menstruation remains a taboo and menstrual health needs are conveniently neglected but they cannot be termed a privilege,” HER Pakistan’s co-founder said.
HERPakistan, founded in 2018 by Sana Lokhandwala and Sumaira Lokhandwala, is an education and advocacy nonprofit that provides menstrual health, puberty, and sexual health education and supplies to girls around Pakistan. The organization is providing emergency period supplies to girls and women affected by the crisis.
Sumaira Lokhandwala and Sana Lokhandwala, sisters and co-founders of non-profit organisation HER Pakistan, have launched a Covid-relief campaign aimed at extending support to daily-wage workers in dealing with menstruation in this difficult time.
Charities and organisations are taking up the fight all over the world to change attitudes on the menstrual cycle. Sana and Sumaira Lokhandwala founded HER Pakistan…
It was May 2018 when two sisters in Karachi formally set up their dream project in a bid to help underprivileged women improve their menstrual health and hygiene.