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JAMMU: Rotary Club of Jammu City (RCJC) and Eco-Femme India organised an awareness programmes at Govt. Girls School, Gandhi Nagar, National Institute of Fashion Design and with over 2000 female Safai Karamcharis of Jammu Municipality here today.with an intention of promoting the awareness, particularly amongst girls and women, and society at large in Jammu and suburbs. The Eco-Femme Ambassador Sofia Moradas was the key Speaker at the event. Rotary Club Jammu Elite and Midtown were co-partners. 

 

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sofia said “Eco - Femme produces and promotes washable cloth menstrual pads, an alternative menstrual product, which lasts for approx 75 washes. Cloth menstrual pads are rapidly gaining acceptance around the world for their health, environmental and cost saving benefits. A woman who switches from using disposable to reusable menstrual pads can prevent an average of 600 disposable pads from being thrown away during a 5 year period.   A single disposable sanitary napkin takes an estimated 500 to 800 years to decompose and in a country like India with undeveloped waste disposal mechanisms and a vast population, cloth pad use can have a dramatic impact on waste reduction, she said. 

K.B. Magotra President, RCJC said that “Eco Femme pads are certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) as made  of organic cotton flannel which is not only reusable but when cared for properly, can reduce the risk of infections and irritation. Women in J&K shall be benefitted enormously from its use as it is an environment friendly concept”. 

Anil Swaraj (PP), the Project Director, RCJC said that “Soon a core committee of woman Rotarians shall be appointed to take forward the production of eco-femme pads locally in Jammu. He also said “ We have to sensitize women of J&K to embrace this great cause and support further activities such as a volunteer cooperation,  a production unit to promote women livelihood issues, free distribution and promotion of subsidized pads to disadvantaged communities. 

 

Rinku Gill, President Civic Safai Karamchari Union appreciated the innovative project of RCJC. She expressed happiness that after the talk, the audience was encouraged to ask questions in a safe and open space that allowed this taboo topic to be discussed at ease and everyone was very enthusiastic and curious and Ms.Sofia and other women Rotarians addressed the queries very patently. He expressed happiness that Pads are offered free of cost to girls, ages 10-19, who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.   

Sandeep Berry, Secretary, RCJC and Kiran Rajput, Principal Govt. Girls School, Gandhi Nagar thanked the Key speaker Sofia. Rtn Adeep Mehta, Rtn Ravinder Kaul, Rtn Robin Mehta, Rtn Sanjiv Vaid, Rtn Sunny Gupta, Rtn Sushma, Rtn Ritika Mahajan, Rtn Deepali Sharma, Rtn Gurvinder Kaur, Rtn Manisha Swaraj, Rtn Anamika, Rtn Ritu Berry and galaxy of other Rotarians graced the occasion. The function was well attended by women from different walks of life.