On Friday, 500 people at a medical conference in India had laid out 10,105 sanitary pads in a line measuring 1,078 meters (3,537 ft) long to create a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of sanitary pads and promote menstrual hygiene.
The feat took seven-and-a-half hours to complete and was done at the 62nd All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AICOG) held at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru. It was verified by the officials of the Guinness World Record.
The pattern made using sanitary napkins, included the shape of an uterus under the slogan “Nothing’s more cuterus than your uterus.”
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According to the report, the sanitary pads used for the record will be donated to four girls’ schools in Karnataka.
In 2017, a survey was done by National Family Health Survey (NFHS) that showed that only 58% of women in India aged between 15 and 24 use a hygienic method of menstrual protection. Further, a study by WaterAid and UNICEF found that more than a third of girls in South Asia missed school during their periods.
The change may not come overnight but it will certainly help to counter the increasing rate of infection in menstruating women.