Srinagar: Kashmir University’s Office of Programme Coordinator National Service Scheme organised an awareness camp as part the varsity’s celebrations related to the International Women’s Day.
The day-long camp was organised on directions of Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad for underprivileged sections of the society at Pazalpora area in Shalimar, Srinagar, to sensitise the participants about various important social and health issues.
Prof Talat and KU Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmad Mir, in their separate messages for the occasion, said the university’s NSS is playing a pivotal role in holding such outreach programmes which can help in raising awareness on important issues at the community-level.
“The university administration will always provide its full support to such programmes which help uplift the weaker sections of the society,” they said.
Dr Musavir Ahmed, Programme Coordinator, NSS underscored the need to spread awareness on issues pertaining to health and hygiene, particularly amongst the vulnerable sections of the society.
Dr Heena Basharat, organiser of the camp, said that poor menstrual hygiene caused by lack of education, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermine the educational opportunities, health and status of women and girls in Kashmir.
Dr Azhar Ahad Wani Medical Officer KU sensitised the gathering about practices to be adhered to by women to ensure their overall health and wellbeing.
She also addressed the concerns voiced by the participants.
During the camp, free sanitary pads, masks and sanitizers were distributed among the women.