More than 30 million people have been impacted by the floods that have wiped out a third of the nation, and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes; women and girls make up half of the victims.
Over 30 million people have been impacted by the flooding, with women and girls accounting for half of the casualties. “Periods go on even when there is flooding. According to Bushra Mahnoor, a university student in the eastern part of Lahore who launched the Mahwari Justice movement to give support, “women need this assistance.” Since June, Mahnoor and her colleague Anum Khalid have been collecting donations from friends and volunteers in order to pay for, purchase, and then deliver emergency sanitary kits that include pads, underwear, and soap.
Each kit is just 200 rupees, but it has the potential to make a huge difference for women who are struggling to keep their dignity during difficult circumstances. Mahnoor bargains with wholesalers in Lahore’s bazaars in order to get the most affordable prices for the kits. This is necessary since the producers of period items did not respond to her phone calls. The organisation Mahwari Justice has already distributed hundreds of kits to some of the regions that were affected the worst, but they want to expand their reach even furter
Following a request made on social media, scores of girls and women stepped up to offer their assistance in packing the kits.
When Mahnoor initially talked to males about the sort of specialised aid she intended her organisation to give and requested for help in distribution, she claims that she was greeted with hostility. She said that “menstruation is a great taboo in Pakistan and it was not easy to talk about.”
On social media, the campaign has been accused of pushing a “liberal agenda” and diverting funding from causes that are more critically important, such as providing food and medication. Mahnoor said that even her own family has attempted to discourage her from maintaining such a prominent profile. She said, “My mother thinks I’m such a shameless lady for even talking about menstruation so openly.” “My mother tells me I’m being such a shameless woman.”