Bhubaneswar: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (South Eastern Region Pipelines) in collaboration with World Trade Centre, Bhubaneswar conducted a workshop on Menstrual Hygiene Day here in the city on Monday.
Sh. Srinibas Patnaik, GM (HR), Indian Oil (Pipelines Division) in the inaugural address highlighted SERPL’s work in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how Women and Child Development (WCD) occupy a central position in the organization’s social commitment. He reiterated IOCL’s approach to engage with women for real empowerment and complimented his team and WTC for creating a platform for effective deliberation.
Hon’ble Minister of Women & Child Development (WCD) Shri Prafulla Samal was the Chief Guest and the Key Note Speaker. He argued that real empowerment of women lies in the hygiene. Appreciating the efforts of Indian Oil & WTC in bringing this less spoken issue of menstrual hygiene on the table, he also shared Odisha government’s initiatives in women empowerment with a focus on adolescent girls.
Renowned academic and activist Dr. Amrita Patel of Odisha State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) highlighted the two aspects of the menstrual hygiene. One is the biological aspect and the other is the social aspect.
Ms. Swati Tanmaya Mishra, a nationally certified gender trainer from Kalinga Kusum Foundation made a passionate plea to shed shame and guilt related to menstruation. She advised to start a movement of ‘No Hiding of Pad Anymore’ in Bhubaneswar.
Ms. Lopamudra Tripathy of UNICEF shared her experience as part of her organization’s work in creating menstrual hygiene awareness in Odisha. She shared how UNICEF has collaborated with Odisha Police in launching a Paree Express to create a statewide awareness campaign on preventing child sexual abuse and highlighted how Indian Oil can collaborate with UNICEF for taking up WASH initiatives in rural India.
Ms. Nimeshika Natarajan, Assistant Director of WTC welcomed the guests, speakers, SHG members and the media. Mr. S. K. Samal, Chief HR Manager, SERPL, Indian Oil offered vote of thanks and thanked Hon’ble Minister (WCD), WTC, KKF, UNICEF and SHG groups for coming together on a single platform and adding value to IOCL’s commitment towards sustained social impact.
- 70 Women from several SHG Groups Attended
- SERPL, IndianOil will continue to support Women Empowerment Initiatives
- Call to Break the Barriers in Menstrual Communication
- ‘No Hiding of Pad’ Movement Launched
- Odisha Government to prioritize Menstrual Hygiene