Whisper has released a stirring campaign to #KeepGirlsInSchool and prevent them from dropping out when they get their p...
- Conceptualised by
Leo Burnett, the film brings to light the startling fact that 1 in 5 girls are dropping out of school each year and we don’t even notice.
- Bhumi Pednekar signed on to drive awareness on #KeepGirlsInSchool
The film, conceptualised by Leo Burnett, sheds light on how girls go missing from school during periods and nobody notices. The film portrays the daily life of schoolgirls, filled with fun and curiosity until they start disappearing one after another. It jolts the viewer with the reality of the grave situation that even today, many girls miss out on school just because they are unaware about managing their periods driving the importance of period education at the right time. The film leaves the viewers with a sense of responsibility to do their bit to make a difference.
She further added, “In addition to being a leading voice on breaking period taboos; Whisper® has also made a significant impact on-ground. Over the past three decades, we have educated more than 2.5 crore girls in India on menstrual hygiene through our Period Education Program. We pledge to double this impact in the next two years and educate over 5 crore adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene by 2022. This is in line with our efforts to increase awareness and acceptance of healthy menstruation practices, and our vision to achieve 100% menstrual hygiene in India. When we started our journey in India three decades ago, the number of women using sanitary protection was less than 1 crore. Our efforts to create awareness and education have been critical to increasing this number to more than 7 crore women today.”
To spread the message of #KeepGirlsInSchool, Whisper is joining forces with Bhumi Pednekar, actress and passionate advocate for menstrual hygiene awareness and access. “The cause of keeping girls in school hits home, and feels personal to me, especially with periods continuing to be a taboo topic. I was shocked to learn that lack of period education is leading to 1 in 5 girls dropping out of school each year. Whisper®’s initiative comes at a time when empowering the young women of India with the right knowledge and education is critical for our country’s growth. It is a rare opportunity where each of us can collectively make a difference in the lives of young girls. It truly is time to #KeepGirlsInSchool,” the actress said.
Speaking about the campaign,