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Teenage Girls Are Choosing To Get Pregnant As They Cannot Afford Sanitary Pads

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) had revealed that there were a handful of teenagers, mainly from poor families and the low-income group, were willing to get themselves pregnant so as to avoid buying sanitary pads for at least 9 months.

The NGO said this is common in the rural areas and this is exactly what they would define as “period poverty”.

According to Utusan, Sanitary Bank Malaysia Secretary, Reena Awliyatul Imani Reezal Merican said these women, especially teenagers, are choosing the easy way out by getting pregnant.

“After getting pregnant, they thought of not spending on sanitary pads for 9 months, but they ignored the other things that they will need to spend on when and after they give birth.” she said.

Source: MalaysiaKini

Earlier, an NGO, Muafakat Keluarga Prihatin Malaysia (MKPM) had collaborated with the Parliament Wanita Muda to donate to 5 primary and secondary schools in the Felda Lepar Hilir as part of their project to combat period poverty.

The project was initiated by MKPM to support of the establishment of Sanitary Bank Malaysia which is being managed by the Parliament Wanita Muda.

Source: Bernama

Also present were MKPM President, Datin Seri Ismalina Ismail and Lepar Hilir National Secondary School (SMK) Principal, Asmaiani Nan.

In the event, Reena Awliyatul Imani who is also the Wanita Muda’s Representative said period poverty had caused women to sought to use newspapers as sanitary pads.

“They do not think of the danger caused to themselves, as newspapers have carbon that can lead to bacterial infections in their private parts and possibly cause death too”

“Besides that, period poverty had caused teenage girls to often skip school. This would then affect their learning.” she said.

Meanwhile, she said that period poverty is not something new, but it is considered as a taboo to be discussed about and it remains as a pandora box of the society.

“Awareness on period poverty needs to be increased among the community. The authorities including the government must not neglect this issues but to give serious attention instead.”

“What is more important is that the future of those who are affected as a result of period poverty.” she said.

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