LPPKN And Kotex Form Strategic Partnership To Execute Kit Seri Programme
LPPKN AND KOTEX FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO EXECUTE KIT SERI PROGRAMME IN BID TO ADDRESS PERIOD POVERTY IN MALAYSIA
Menstrual hygiene education will be delivered to 1,124 schools through the partnership
Kuala Lumpur, 30 May 2022 – The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) and Kotex today announced its partnership on the KIT SERI programme as a proactive measure in dealing with period poverty in Malaysia. The partnership will encompass two core components namely, menstrual hygiene education amongst teenage girls and the supply of sanitary pads to 130,000 girls from the B40 community that has been identified for the programme.
Period poverty refers to the inadequate access to feminine hygiene products as well as lack of education on period management and menstrual waste management.
According to Abdul Shukur Abdullah, Director General of National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), “Period poverty is often simply referred to as the lack of access to feminine hygiene products when the reality and implications are far greater. Period poverty can inadvertently result in girls missing school, compromised mental health caused by unwanted stigma and taboos surrounding menstruation and more. Therefore, the allocation of RM10 million in Budget 2022 by the Malaysian Government to provide free monthly supply of pads to 130,000 girls from B40 households must run in parallel with increased education and awareness on menstrual hygiene and management especially amongst teen girls.”
As part of the partnership, Kotex and LPPKN will be working with teachers from 1,124 schools nationwide to deliver talks on period management, menstrual hygiene as well as reproductive health. More than 500 teachers have participated in the training session to-date.
Abdul Shukur further added, “With the right understanding of puberty, usage and disposal of period management products, we can normalise period for Malaysian girls so they can pursue a lifestyle where they are confident and do not feel small just because they are menstruating. Besides, a strong support system consisting of teachers, friends and family will also help reduce the risk of mental stress amongst teenage girls due to period.”
To overcome the challenges posed by Covid-19 and appeal to a digital-first generation, the feminine hygiene brand launched the Kotex #SheCan Project in 2021 to allow teenage girls to learn about menstrual hygiene, mental health and body positivity in a fun, interactive and gamified format online. The modules are approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and is free for all.
Additionally, over the past six months, Kotex has donated more than 100,000 packs of sanitary products to help women and girls in need across the country. Kotex also assisted Pertubuhan Pembangunan Kendiri Wanita dan Gadis (WOMEN:girls), Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), World Vision and others with the flood relief efforts last December.