Inclusive Business Sweden associate Carolina Olson was from November 2nd – 7th in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to oversee the launch of a pilot project through which menstrual cups are distributed among workers in the garment industry. Long working hours and unhygienic toilet facilities combined with a low salary makes it impossible for women to properly managing their menstruation, and they are often forced to use dirty cloth rags as menstrual protection. As a result, infections of the vagina and uterus are common, some of which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Using the menstrual cup, a silicon cup-shape device which is worn internally and is reusable and environmentally friendly, would allow these women to live and work without having to worry about risk of infection or embarrassing leakage.
It is the aim of the project to be turned into an inclusive business initiative once the pilot has been completed and evaluated, enabling women to become sales representatives for the menstrual cup, thus being able to support themselves financially while greatly enhancing garment workers’ possibilities to hygienically managing their menstruation.
For more information, please see the website of the organisation behind the pilot project, The 12th Right.