Monday, December 25, 2017

Economic Opportunities through Resolving the Women Menstruation Problem... Series 2

In continuation of my previous article on Menstruation, I have depicted the true picture about the problems of the women and how the society remains ignorant across the globe without proper facilities. As an economist, I find immense growth opportunities for resolving this women problem. Government and capitalisms both need to resolve this issue through a judicious mix of exploration of opportunities. It’s well clear that superstition and no proper facility for the women have been created for this worldwide most common problem. This menstruation can be an economic growth contributor provided the vision is changed by the society.   The biggest economic reason is that irrespective of any economic condition in any country this menstruation will never end, hence government and capitalist minds need to come together to explore opportunities. The biggest barrier to adoption of quality sanitary napkins in any country turned out to be "affordability and accessibility".Low cost of production and application of cost management strategies could be a game changer for promoting entrepreneurship for production of sanitary napkins. We will discuss on this topic later on. The profession of cost management can be of great help for women.

The health and life loss is a big issue which remains unheard and silent until mass people are affected. Health-related awareness has remained restricted only to few specific days. This is a major problem. Building awareness is not sufficient enough as the availability of the same product at a cheap price is the ultimate end point for the solution of the problem.

Every economy suffers huge loss due to the unhygienic treatment of menstruation. Cervical cancer a disease born from unhygienic ways of menstruation management kills around 72,000 women in India every year, more than 26% of the 275,000 deaths worldwide. Cervical cancer is common among women worldwide. It kills more women in India than anywhere else in the world. India women die from cervical cancer than women of any other country, according to a new report that warns deaths from this preventable disease will rise unless attitudes to women change. Most of the adolescent girls in villages use rags and old clothes during menstruation. India has one-fourth of the world's burden of cancer of the cervix with nearly 132,000 women being diagnosed every year. Of the 355 million menstruating women in India, only 12 percent use sanitary napkins. Its next to negligible.

All economies should make sanitary napkins free of any tax.  This is will reduce the prices and should make the product available to anyone across any country.  Health and hygiene could only be maintained when the product becomes cheap and could be made easily affordable.  This industry should always be classified under Small and Medium Enterprise as this will drive growth and employment for the economies. Making the product available at the mass level and also with a never-ending demand is one of the biggest opportunities for the economic growth.  A mass number of entrepreneurship could come up to facilitate this gap between demand and supply and also the high prices. 

Entrepreneurship promotions should be promoted so that tax sops and other incentives make the product cheap and available for the mass of people. This law should be universal and should be promoted on a universal basis since the Menstruation is not restricted to any particular economy.  The economic benefits would be a creation of employment and ancillary product demand. The biggest benefit is that despite any economic condition either recession or vice versa this problem and demand for the product will never end. Today we all know that as prices are high for sanitary napkins in many countries women prefer to use unhygienic methods to save money. The government can easily give sops to promote this industry where women will get hygienic products and living style.

The pain of ignorance is that as women use traditional and unhealthy ways of managing this problem the risk related to various diseases increase over the time.

Preparation and availability of women-specific toilets, where these sanitary napkins are provided at free or at a cheap price, through automated vending machines. Now we often find that women related toilets are less in number or there is a considerable distance between two destinations of toilets. Hence the number of toilets is required.  In the rural part of many countries, they don’t have proper facilities like women toilet. For these places having an advanced level of the women-centric toilet is a distant dream. My point is that creating women-centric toilets where minimum maintenance and a higher level of facilities are provided. Availability of Napkins will make women freer from carrying the bundle in their bags. While traveling on highways and long distance we need these toilets since only nature knows its own call.

These toilets can be a business opportunity as many tax benefits as well as many new generation entrepreneurs will come up to develop these toilets. Hygiene education and removing the traditional thought process for menstruation should be removed and the best way to depart this education is massive training in schools and through other health activities. But mere education will not solve the problem. Making the availability of the same is more important. Every school should have free sanitary napkins to take the things way forward.  

Coming to India it has to take a pledge like remove polio type of mission where to remove the traditional use of sanitary napkins should be the oath. Unless the ratio Of the 355 million menstruating women in India, only 12 percent use sanitary napkins are being converted into 100% use of sanitary napkins no country should ignore this huge opportunity. Every country has to take a pledge of saving the women as their death is a loss to the economic growth and also their health-related issues is a loss for the insurance companies. Pledge to make sanitary napkins use more should be the mission till 2025.

Friday, December 15, 2017


Menstruation a global thing which happens to women and men are not affected by the same hence not much discussion about the same and why to bother about it. Menstruation has no religion, no cast, no color of the skin of difference between black and white. Its natures call but treated in many countries as shit. Across the globe, it's being found that superstition and high level of closed mindset are spoiling and damaging the society. Women are suffering and the world is rejoicing with men dominated scriptures. Women have to live behind closed doors during Menstruation and live a life during those days just like animals. This is prevalent in the world. This article is the 1st step towards raising the voice of changeover and also how the economic loss could be avoided and subsequently a new frame of global business opportunity could be encashed for the development of the society.

It’s not restricted to humans. It happens to all living animals on earth. As almost every mammal on the planet operates on a cycle, from the tiniest fruit bat to the great blue whale herself.  On the other hand, one of the biggest threats of Menstruation to a girl is that she becomes property to men when her 1st cycles begin in her life. Yes, we live in a society where discuss Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and climate change but we hardly celebrate a day called women period day in a year.

Men’s can masturbate, in that case, it is being taken as nature call but what about the women when they get their nature call.  The economic effect of closed society restriction and mindset is huge and also there is opportunity across the globe to create exclusive women menstruation centric toilets, pads and disposable equipment.  We will get into the capitalist and economic loss due to menstruation later on as we need to open the eye of the society to have a deep understanding of the subject.

Every month, every date, every hour, every minute, a woman bleeds due to Menstruation across the globe.   The society of the world is divided and dominated by men social restrictions as well as women restriction on the menstruation cycles.  It has always been surrounded by taboos and myths that exclude women from many aspects of socio-cultural life. In India, the topic has been a taboo until date. Such taboos about menstruation present in many societies impact on girls’ and women's emotional state, mentality and lifestyle and most importantly, health.

We are ashamed to speak on the subject but that is the place from where life comes into the earth. It is a myth which keeps the subject at abeyance. Our society has converted this nature’s call into shame. The PADS are wrapped in papers and are sold so that no one sees them, Its nature calls and our society is so uneducated across the globe that we treat women as unsafe humans during the menstruation cycles.

Above all superstition has a big famous role to play during women Menstruation cycle. In many places women are not allowed to go near plants or trees and touch them as they might die, they are not allowed to attend wedding, one  should not touch pickles, one should not  keep her  hair open, Keeping iron materials close to body otherwise evil spirits will touch you, You are not allowed to enter the kitchen even you are dying in hunger, even you are not allowed to touch anything, no one will drink water from your hand and many more. This is the smart age and AI-based world we are going to live going ahead.

Hygiene factor and health factor of the women are often ignored and the outlook towards the menstruation cycle of the society is that it is one of the curses on the women.  The funniest part is that the same girl is being worshiped as a daughter, mother and when the cycles begin the are being cornered in one room. Yes, the pain of menstruation of each month is beyond breaking bones. Only a woman knows the pain and the biological effect of the same on the body of women.

One of the most surprising parts is that in many countries strange myths rule them about women menstruation cycles. During menstruation, in many countries, women avoid washing their vaginas because they are told it can lead to infertility.
A strip of cloth is being often used as sanitary napkins price is too high. Most of the women across the globe hold off on washing them until nightfall to keep it a secret. Well, condom price is less.   Menstruation cycles are kept secret but when pornography is such a huge business then why not live shows and direct demonstration of videos of menstruation cannot be shown.

We are talking about smart cities and developing AI-based cities but where is the proper infrastructure for disposing of sanitary napkins. These disposed of napkins lie on the road or end up in the waterways and dogs are eating them.  Solid waste management is big problem and threat to the society. In many countries menstrual blood is being treated as so dangerous it can cause diseases like cancer if it’s mixed in with other trash. They are forced to reuse the same pads every month.  Buying pads is another experience when it comes to men. Men’s can go and buy condom but not sanitary napkins. In a country like India, the situation is worst.
The challenge, of addressing the socio-cultural taboos and beliefs in menstruation, is further compounded by the low girls’ knowledge levels and understandings of puberty, menstruation, and reproductive health. Lack of knowledge and blockage of building confidence that it’s not holy shit but nature’s call. Girls often are plunged into the grief of menstruation cycles when it happens. Few of the grey areas being covered where lack of education and awareness amplifies problems further by the family people for their own girls and women:
•    No, awareness about it by the parents till you don’t get it.  They are ashamed to speak about the same to the girl.
•    People are ashamed to discuss in public or with each other about menstruation cycle
•    It’s a taboo to discuss openly especially in front of men’s
•    When you hit  puberty people behavior change
•   There myths where it says take shower immediately once your cycle starts as it is compulsory irrespective of your health condition and climate condition.
•    Do not Wash your hair on the first day  
•    Do not pray, Not allowed to enter into Temple etc.
•    You are not allowed to enter the kitchen even you are dying of hunger
•    They will make you sit in the corner of a room just like an idol and not supposed to touch anything within the room.
•    During the menstruations period, your utensils are different.
•    You are not supposed to exercise or do any physical activity
•    Unnecessary Diet restriction particularly when the flow of blood and wastage is more and the body needs immediate replenishment of the same.
•    Women’s are not allowed to wear new clothes at the same time

People fail to understand that shedding is a natural process and lack awareness about it. It is not impure. It a reproductory. Adult women may themselves not be aware of the biological facts or good hygienic practices, instead of passing on cultural taboos and restrictions to be observed. The society across the globe is blind. They worship women GOD but hate to discuss the problems and solve them accordingly Hygiene factor has a big role to play. But we are so much blinded by our introvert nature of living that we today failed to develop a quality sanitary system and providing solutions for the women in terms of the proper pad and other support.  We are not going to end here but we will share more suggestions insights about making the society to be aware of the same. We will share new insights about the new business opportunity from this huge women-centric problem.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


School plays a vital role in the economic growth over the long term. School education plays a vital role in the development and prosperity of an economy and also makes a country competitive compared to others. If proper monitoring is not being implemented at school levels then there will be a huge impact on the future of an economy.  Based upon this segment it's being found that School dropout is a serious matter concern for an economy.

Education dropout has been a huge burden on the global economy costing trillions of dollars beyond calculation. The subject might sound new but it has a huge responsibility for any economy to stop the same. Now before we dig further into the subject we need to figure out what it means by drop out education. Many students don’t attain full education as they might be influenced by many factors like poor family backgrounds, the death of the bread earner, addiction to drugs or other such practices and mostly not able to cope up with the current education system. The last one is one of the most powerful reasons behind such an act of education drop out. Innovative minds are slaughtered under the traditional teaching methodologies which converts a dormant mind into barren land. Children’s are the biggest innovators as they have the innovative mindset which they apply to get an economy on a growth path in the long term.

A child has the biggest gift of learning by of its own. Its innovative mind is the biggest gift to the society.  Its nature of learning process is often dominated by the school's process and education system prevailing within the society. School dropout is a problem which is less addressed but has a huge impact on the society and government. 
Child molestation and abuse have also been found one of the key reasons which spread fear for drop out.  Schools are no longer safe and teachers are no longer those old guru types.  Sexual abuse and other mental tortures by teachers provoke students to drop out from schools.

Drop out Education leads to create any impact on the society are as follows:

•    Income inequality 
•    Growth of Crime 
•    Rising Social benefits for the government
•    Increase of poverty lines within the society 
•    Passage of legacy from one generation to another due to weak base of parents
•    Growth of Prostitution

In all together it can be said that school education drop has a huge impact on social inequality.  Most of the governments where social benefits are passed on are more of this school education drop out. These people don’t get the job properly and hence over a period of time social benefits a burden for the government. 

The reason behind the dropouts is not purely on the side of the students. It happens since no one cares about these students and the current education system passes the blame to the students only. This is one of the prime reasons that negligence at the junior level leads to a massive problem for the society and government later on. The current education system leads to a problem of not being able to cope up with the changes within student mind. A barren land is never barren until it’s watered. Once that land is watered flowers or grass blossom out of the same and makes it fertile land. The innovative mind is prevalent among the children from the time of their birth. Now, this innovative mind is killed and dragged with the traditional school syllabus followed with the death of that innovative culture of education.

In many countries, a combination of discrimination, social attitudes, poverty, lack of political will, and poor quality of human and material resources leave children with disabilities more vulnerable to being excluded from education. It is essential that societies adapt their education systems to ensure that these children can enjoy their basic human right without discrimination of any kind.

 Taking care of Drop out of students should be monitored on a genuine basis and also proper measures should be adopted to identify the loopholes in the education system so that dropouts are reduced. Teachers should also be groomed from time to time so that they could also update and manage the emotional aspects and work pressure. Monotonous school activities and also low motivational activities within Teachers and students will lead to amplification of dropouts from schools. 

Every school should have a department to cater and monitor the school dropout activities so that they can get into the root cause of such activities and can take appropriate actions.  One must understand the school is the prime place where the future of the economy gets nourished.  If the same school neglects these things then ultimately the economy of a country has to suffer. 

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