In an effort to combat period poverty, some NGOs in Perak have launched an initiative that would help young women in the state to have easy access to sanitary pads.
According to Bernama, Perak’s Women Development, Family and Community Welfare committee chairman Datuk Dr Wan Norashikin Wan Noordin said they are planning to place sanitary pad vending machines in public areas such as recreational areas and schools.
“We need to discuss this matter with the state Education Department to place it at schools and local authorities too before we can place it at recreational areas,” she explained.
“At some shopping malls, we can see that they placing a sanitary pad vending machine in the toilet. This machine is important, especially during an emergency.”
Wan Norashikin mentioned that she was informed that period poverty is among the reasons school children skipped schools in Perak, especially among school children in rural areas.
“For students who live in a rural area, they are facing infrastructure as well as privacy issue where they are unable to get water source,” she said.
“They probably need to get water supply from wells, which may be located far from their houses. This is one of the reasons why they couldn’t go to school. In some areas, it is difficult for them to obtain sanitary pads.”
Wan Norashikin said she hoped such initiative and the cooperation from other parties will be able to tackle period poverty in Perak.
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