UNESCO backs Bhumi Pednekar’s ‘Keep Girls In School’ mission, will educate girls on menstrual hygiene
To raise awareness and educate girls on menstrual hygiene management, UNESCO has joined the #KeepGirlsInSchool mission, being supported by Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar.
The movement, launched by feminine care brand Whisper, begins with shedding light on the impact of 2.3 crore girls dropping out of school due to lack of period education and protection.
Continuing to share her support for the cause, Bhumi Pednekar said, “For the past one year I have been working closely with Whisper to drive awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene education and protection. This gave me an understanding of the on-ground reality of crores of girls who drop out of school and unfortunately give up on their dreams of becoming a pilot, doctor, teacher, designer, etc. Every girl in India should be able to complete her education as I did and not have to drop out just because of periods.”
Bhumi further added, “I strongly believe that empowering young girls with menstrual education and protection will give them wings to transform into leaders of tomorrow. It is great to see that Whisper and UNESCO are enabling this change at a ground level, which will not only accelerate the cause but also encourage wider participation. I urge everyone to come forward and be part of the #KeepGirlsInSchool movement.”
Emphasizing UNESCO’s commitment to the Right to Education, Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka, said, “During puberty and the start of menstruation, a girl`s confidence and self-esteem can be affected in many different ways, sometimes even leading to her dropping out of school. UNESCO and Whisper are on a mission to change that. The #KeepGirlsInSchool initiative builds on our strong commitment to ensuring everyone`s fundamental right to education. Investing in girls’ education is an investment for society as a whole.”