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Saukhyam receives NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India Awards 2021

Anju receives award

Key Points

  • Saukhyam, initiated by Amma, offers sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions, creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions by over 2000 tons annually.
  • Prof. Anju Bist, the project’s leader, received the Women Transforming India Awards 2021 for its work on reusable sanitary pads, part of India’s 75th independence celebration.
  • The Saukhyam team’s innovative use of banana fiber for reusable pads eliminates tons of non-biodegradable waste, contributing to affordable menstrual hygiene in remote rural areas while addressing environmental and women’s health concerns.

Amrita professor, Anju Bist is among the 75 women honored as Women Transforming India by the NITI Aayog. In recognition of Women transforming India into a ‘Sashakt Aur Samarth Bharat’ and their remarkable achievements across diverse sectors Government of India’s NITI Aayog has instituted Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards.

This year, as part of the Azadika Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, the WTI Awards were conferred on 75 women achievers and that includes Prof. Anju Bist for her work on Saukhyam reusable sanitary pads, a project of Amrita SeRVe. Read the book (page 49): Prof. Anju Bist and her team from Amrita have been on a mission to encourage women to switch to reusable sanitary towels (STs).

Our Chancellor and world-renowned humanitarian, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) had started the Saukhyam Reusable Pads project in 2017, so that women and girls have a much better product for menstrual hygiene under the AmritaSeRVe program. Today, the initiative is a full-fledged social enterprise creating jobs and enhancing rural economies. Many health and education-related problems women and girls face in low-income communities can be solved by providing access to the right products for menstrual hygiene.

The Saukhyam team was one of 75 purpose-driven teams chosen from all across India by NITI Aayog, the premier policy think-tank of the Government of India for the Women Transforming India Awards 2021. Ms. Anju Bist, co-creator of Saukhyam Pads, received the award on behalf of Team Saukhyam. Last year, Saukhyam was recognized as one among the top ten climate innovations in South Asia by Climate Launchpad, the world’s largest supporting ecosystem for green businesses. Trees are destroyed for making disposable sanitary napkins, further exacerbating climate change and Saukhyam pads help prevent that.

Over 500,000 pads sold and distributed to-date are helping prevent the emission of over 2000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually. Reusable menstrual pads are better for our trees, seas, bodies and wallets. Chancellor Amma’s vision is that the high quality pad that is exported should also be made available in the most remote rural areas at very affordable prices.

The Saukhyam team has helped eliminate an estimated 43,750 tons of non-biodegradable menstrual waste to-date. This is the world’s first team to use banana fiber for reusable pads.

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Congratulations Prof. Anju Bist and Amrita SeRVe team!

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