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Jakarta Post

Seeking sustainable menstrual solution

  • Vanesha Manuturi


Jakarta   /   Sat, July 6, 2019   /  10:57 am
Seeking sustainable menstrual solution Period! An irritation for some, a point of pride for others. (Shutterstock/File)

Like most teenage girls, Devita, not her real name, talks about her period in hushed tones punctuated with giggles. The 14-year-old schoolgirl from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) said she used a common brand of disposable pads, the ones her mother usually bought for her at the nearest stall. When it is time to change her pad, she flushes the used one down the toilet, unaware that it could block the sewer and pollute the ocean. Some of Devita’s schoolmates throw them in a garbage bin, from where they would likely end up in a landfill, and a few burn their used pads to keep the evil spirits away — a myth passed down from their mothers or other female relatives. Whether you use the conventional Indonesian expression datang bulan or the more modern term dapet, talking about menstruation is still taboo in many parts of Indonesia. Adolescent girls typically...

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