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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Urge Well-Wishers To Buy Sanitary Napkins For Indian Women

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| May 20 , 2018 , 13:39 IST

Not the wedding gifts but the newly married royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want their well-wishers to buy sanitary napkins for Indian women. The much talked about the pair of the year had requested their guests and others from around the world to donate certainly selected charities instead of buying them wedding gifts.

Among the 7 selected charity organisations they have recommended, the only foreign organisation chosen by the couple is Mumbai-based Myna Mahila Foundation. Menstrual hygiene has been a taboo in India for years and the organisation aims to change that by working towards improving access to sanitary products.

The community women manufacture low-cost sanitary pads and deliver information related to menstrual hygiene for women living in Mumbai's slums. They wish to create a network of female entrepreneurs and break down taboos around topics like menstruation. Meghan Markle got associated with the organisation during her last year visit to India.

Myna Mahila Foundation reaches more than 10,000 women monthly and empowers women of Mumbai's slums by employing 15 local women to make the pads whereas 50 others distribute the pads in the slums while advocating for better female hygiene and healthcare, as well as teaching women English, self defense and computer literacy.

The organisation claims to have manufactured over 500,000 pads in the past two years and converted 3,000 women across 15 slums to using sanitary pads. The non-government organisation was founded in 2015 by a student of Duke University, Suhani Jalota who met Meghan during her entrepreneurial fellowship in 2016.

Her association with Markle landed her an invitation to the royal wedding that took place in Windsor Castle, UK. "Myna Mahila Foundation is delighted to be a part of this special occasion for Ms. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. This support will enable us to expand our reach into more urban slums in Mumbai," said Jalota.

Three of her colleagues, Deborah Das, Archana Ambre and Imogen Mansfield were among the 1,200 members of public invited to the wedding picnic party on the grounds of the Castle. They will also host a fundraiser for the charity while in London. Here's a list of other charities hand-picked by the royal couple for their well-wishers in lieu of gifts.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children who have lost a parent serving in the British armed forces.

Street Games is a charity for community sporting organisations.

CHIVA supports children growing up with HIV and AIDS, and their families.

Crisis is a charity that raises funds to help the homeless with housing and mental health.

Surfers Against Sewage is dedicated to curbing pollution in our oceans.

The Wilderness Foundation aims to teach conservation values to young people.