A lot of relief work has been taking place amid the coronavirus lockdown with daily essentials being provided. Often, it happens, menstrual hygiene tends to take a back seat. Especially for the underprivileged it becomes extremely difficult to maintain proper menstrual hygiene, at a time when basic food and necessities have become a dream come true for many.
On this Menstrual Hygiene day,Akshay Kumar has been doing his part to give back to the society in these trying times. He starred in the movie ‘Padman’ that highlighted the lack of access to sanitary napkins for underprivileged women and has stepped forward yet again to back this initiative around proper sanitation.
He took to his Twitter handle and requested everyone to help them in providing sanitary napkins to underprivileged women across Mumbai. “A great cause needs your support. COVID doesn’t stop periods, help provide sanitary pads to underprivileged women across Mumbai. Every donation counts,” he tweeted.
This initiative is led by Samarpan, a group of doctors and civil servants working to serve migrant workers and daily-wage earners, including women with lack of access to sanitary products.
A great cause needs your support. Covid doesn’t stop periods, help provide sanitary pads to underprivileged women across Mumbai. Every donation counts : https://t.co/gty1PeX3CT https://t.co/CDgPkoGH82
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 21, 2020
Similarly, Bhumi Pednekar and Diya Mirza have also been doing their bit to provide assistance to the underprivileged women of society. They took to social media to spread the word about menstrual hygiene and cleanliness. Bhumi shared a tweet that supports the initiative carried out by Samarpan NGO.
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Not only do we need to put a period on shaming the period, we must ensure we switch to using sustainable products that protect our health and the health of the environment. I use biodegradable sanitary napkins. Many have started using menstrual cups and re-usable/washable cloth napkins. These products need to be made easily accessible and cost effective so many more women can benefit from personal hygiene that secures their health and protects our planet. #DYK regular sanitary napkins are made mostly of plastic? This plastic lasts in the environment for hundreds of years. Most often sanitary napkins are incinerated and are a source of toxic waste. Spread the word and be the change ? #RedDotChallenge #PostForChange @Post.For.Change @UnicefIndia
Reportedly, the NGO and other authorities have already dispensed 3,000 packets of sanitary pads. Their objective is to distribute around one lakh sanitary pads to underprivileged women in hospitals, slums and containment zones in Mumbai. The people have also been distributing sanitation kits to migrant labourers at the railway station as they make their way towards their homes.
On the professional front, Akshay Kumar is gearing up for his upcoming film, Atrangi Re. The film is a romantic drama that is going to be helmed by Aanand L. Rai. The film has a number of influential actors of the film industry including Akshay Kumar, Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan.
The movie is collaboratively being bankrolled by three different studios including T-Series, Colour Yellow Productions and Cape of Good Films. It is supposed to hit the theatres on February 14, 2021. A number of reports were on the rounds that the principal photography of the film had started on March 5, 2020, in Varanasi. But it might have been put to a halt because of the lockdown that has been imposed to curb the spread of the virus.
News Source: Republic World