Saturday, February 17, 2018

Airports Authoority Of India, An agent of change shaping public perception

A small step that ignited a silent revolution. A husband's effort to understand the concerns of his newly-wedded wife sparked off a revolution. The recent Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Pad Man' highlights the story of this revolution and has kick-started the awareness drive and a discourse on menstrual hygiene in the country once again.

Inspired from the story of original Padman Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of low-cost sanitary pad-making machine; the film speaks about his journey in innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India.

A school dropout, Muruganantham started experimenting on designs of the sanitary pads and made his wife and sisters as test subjects. Loads of hard work, coupled with trial and error finally led to making of an easy-to-operate low-cost machine.

Cut back to the first fortnight of October 2017, in a first of its kind initiative, under the leadership of Airport Director, Aryama Sanyal, Indore Airport installed sanitary napkin vending machines in female restrooms of arrival hall and departure security hold area.

With accompanying instruction in English and Hindi, a lady attendant is also positioned in the area to assist women passengers in operating the machine.
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