To #KeepGirlsInSchool, Whisper launches ‘The Missing Chapter' campaign film

The campaign film by Whisper is primarily designed to illustrate how a girl's lack of period education contributes to her missing school days, a situation exacerbated by the glaring absence of period education in Indian textbooks

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Whisper, the feminine care brand, has launched its new film titled ‘The Missing Chapter’ as part of its #KeepGirlsInSchool movement.

Aimed at addressing the brand's commitment to its flagship programme #KeepGirlsInSchool, the campaign film by Whisper is primarily designed to illustrate how a girl’s lack of period education contributes to her missing school days, a situation exacerbated by the glaring absence of period education in Indian textbooks.

The campaign film, set in an all-girls school, shows young girls passing around a mysterious slip of red paper, that appears to satiate their curiosity in some manner. After the paper is passed around in classrooms, corridors and bathrooms, it eventually makes the rounds at a school assembly as well.

During the assembly, one of the girls is caught with the paper in her possession and is demanded to step forward and declare its contents. At this point, it’s revealed to the audience that the paper actually contains information pertaining to periods. In this manner, the audience realises that this seemingly childish game of ‘Passing the Parcel’ has far-reaching implications, vis-a-vis the girls educating themselves about menstrual health due to a glaring absence of actual education materials relating to the same. Hence the title- ‘The Missing Chapter’.

For many girls, their first period is a surprise. In India, period taboos persist even today and have a negative impact on young girls. The film emphasises how the stigma and lack of proper access to education on menstruation, results in girls missing significant number of school days, and in most cases ultimately dropping out of school completely. This heartfelt, yet educational film reiterates Whisper’s mission to bring period education to schools.

Despite the pandemic affecting people from all walks of life, it had a disproportionate impact on girls and women, making it even more challenging for social order to be achieved. There are studies that indicate that even today, 2.3 crore girls drop out of school when their periods begin, and 71% of adolescent girls in India are not aware that menstruation occurs until they begin their period. The pandemic has gone on to add another 1 crore girls staring at a loss of education due to lack of period education and menstrual hygiene.

In its holistic approach towards raising awareness about period education, Whisper is also working towards raising awareness in the grassroots with 25 impactful wall paintings across India to bring out the message of the Missing Chapter. These paintings, utilise regional art forms like Madhubani, Bhil. Bhosli etc, to drive awareness for period education.

Additionally, across the month of March, Whisper is adding 11,000 limited edition covers to its range of product packs. These covers, featuring brand ambassador and actor Bhumi Pednekar, can be passed on to young girls to help them understand the importance of menstrual hygiene and how to use a pad.

Akhil Meshram, Senior Director, Category Leader, Whisper, Indian Subcontinent at Procter & Gamble, said, “At Whisper, we have been committed towards increasing awareness around menstrual hygiene management and period education for the past 25 years. The 'Keep Girls in School' (KGIS) movement, launched two years ago, has taken this commitment forward to also address how young girls and their families don’t need to look at periods as taboo. This year, by scaling up KGIS 3.0, we seek to ensure that 100% of all adolescent girls in the country are educated on menstrual hygiene so that no girl is forced to drop out of school due to her period.”

Pednekar commented, “It has been a pleasure to work closely with Whisper's #KeepgirlsInSchool movement to drive awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene education for young girls across India. The pandemic has prevented many young girls from gaining awareness and accessing menstrual education resources, which could have helped them understand what their bodies are going through. I am glad that in its third year, #KeepgirlsinSchool is addressing this imbalance in their educational experience, and I hope together we can help young girls across the nation understand their bodies and their menstrual health braising awareness about the Missing Chapter.”

Rajdeepak Das, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer – South Asia, Leo Burnett, said, “This year Project Missing Chapter addresses an important aspect of why 1 in 5 girls drop out of school - no menstrual education. A simple chapter on menstrual hygiene can make a huge impact for these girls. Our film narrates how three girls, armed with a symbolic red paper are spreading information and awareness on menstrual hygiene. Whisper is the perfect example of a HumanKind brand, and we are very proud to be working with them on this mission.”

Whisper’s Meshram added, “By asking for the mandatory inclusion of period education in the school curriculum, ‘The Missing Chapter’ aims to make a real impact on the ground. Together, we can shift the perception of periods from being shameful to one of strength and pride. Whisper is proud to be at the forefront of this change.” 


Agency: Leo Burnett India

CEO and Chief Creative Officer – South Asia, Leo Burnett: Rajdeepak Das

CEO and Chief Strategy Officer – South Asia, Leo Burnett: Dheeraj Sinha

National Creative Director: Sachin Kamble

Executive Creative Director: Sonal Chhajerh 

Executive Vice-President: Niket Kumar

Associate Executive Creative Director: Gaurav Kumar

Creative Director: Indrajeet Kadam

Copywriter: Kaizeen Vankadia

Sr Art Director: Rituja Ghadge

Brand Services Partner: Andrea D’Souza

Brand Services Associate: Purvi Bakliwal 

Associate Vice-President (Strategy): Noor Samra 

Brand Strategy Director: Anjali Kamath

Head of films department: Jignesh Maru 

Executive Producer: Anil Sonawane

Whisper #KeepGirlsInSchool The Missing Chapter campaign film