Whisper's ‘The Missing Chapter' film strives to educate mothers on the biology of periods

The film has been launched as part of the fourth edition of the brand's #KeepGirlsInSchool movement

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Feminine-care brand Whisper, from the house of Procter and Gamble, has unveiled a new film titled ‘The Missing Chapter’ as part of the fourth edition of its #KeepGirlsInSchool (KGIS) movement.

This time, the new film aims to educate mothers on the biology of periods so that they, in turn, can educate their daughters on periods - including menstrual hygiene and using sanitary pads during their monthly cycles. 

Studies show, one in five girls drop out of school every year in India due to lack of period education. Studies have also found that seven in 10 mothers don’t know the biology of periods and consider it ‘dirty or impure’, often passing this to their daughters.

With mothers being the first teachers of their children, it is important they educate their young daughters correctly about the natural process of periods and about using the right products.  

The new film, conceptualised by Leo Burnett, titled ‘The Missing Chapter’ begins with the attendance roll call being done in a classroom and the protagonist, Purvi, being absent yet another day. Her friends decide to take matters in their own hands to educate Purvi’s mother so that their friend doesn't miss another day of school because of her periods. They collect an assortment of objects — a bicycle seat, plastic bottle, pipes, marbles, and watermelons — to create a science project to explain the workings of the female reproductive system to Purvi’s mother. When they reach Purvi’s house with their model, the mother thinks they’ve come to see Purvi. She tells them she is ‘unwell’, another common way periods are referred too, but it’s the mother that the friends want to meet. They set up their project and demonstrate for her the biological process of periods which happens each month and more importantly by using the right sanitary product, i.e., a pad can help them do everything on their period days, even attend school. 

“For a natural process like periods, it is very important that parents educate their young daughters correctly. In most parts of India, we’ve seen that mothers themselves are unaware about the biology of periods and the ways to manage it. As a result, menstrual hygiene is compromised. This leads to girls staying at home during their period days every month and they slowly start falling behind eventually dropping out of school altogether. Our film ‘The Missing chapter’ aims to address this and spread awareness among mothers so that the next generation of women is empowered and educated to manage their periods and keep girls in school,” said Girish Kalyanaraman – Vice-President and Category Leader, Feminine Care, Procter and Gamble India. 

Actor Mrunal Thakur said, “Menstrual education is so important to teach girls about their periods, their body and how to manage it. It is also about breaking the taboo and stigma surrounding menstruation, empowering girls with knowledge and choices, and ensuring their right to health, dignity, and education. Whisper is doing an incredible job with its #KeepGirlsInSchool Campaign, and I am proud to be associated with this cause. It’s time to have open conversations about periods and create a world where menstruation is not a barrier to girls’ education and well-being. By keeping girls in school, we are not only investing in their individual growth and success but also in the progress and prosperity of our society.”

Rajdeepak Das, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett - South Asia, said, “A mother is the first teacher of a child, the one who imparts life’s most important lessons. Thus, she could be a powerful ally in our journey with Whisper to Keep Girls in School. But in India, mothers themselves lack the education to teach their daughters about periods. Our focus this year is to educate mothers, create a chain of positive information, and break the cycle of ignorance.” 


P&G Team

Vice-President and Category Leader, Feminine Care, PandG: Girish Kalyanaraman 

Senior Director, Feminine Care, P&G: Akhil Meshram

Vice-President, Brand Building Integrated Communications, P&G: Rohini Miglani

IPM Brand Building Integrated Communications, P&G: Mitalee Prabhu

Brand Director, Feminine Care, P&G: Varsha Rawat 

Brand Director Communications, P&G: Kruti Desai

Senior Brand Manager, Feminine Care, P&G: Mahashweta

Leo Burnett Team

CEO and Chief Creative Officer, South Asia: Rajdeepak Das

CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, South Asia: Dheeraj Sinha

National Creative Director: Sachin Kamble

National Creative Director: Vikram Pandey 

Group Executive Creative Director: Sonal Chhajerh

Senior Creative Director: Zarwan Divecha 

Associate Creative Director: Fauzan Malim

Senior Copywriter: Kaizeen Vankadia

Copy Writer: Vishvas Rakheja

Art Director: Nilay Chourikar

Vice-President: Arabind Verma

Associate Vice-President: Andrea D’Souza

Brand Services Director: Purvi Bakliwal

Brand Services Associate: Simran Bajwa

Project Manager: Shirish Rane 

Senior Vice-President Strategy: Noor Samra

Brand Strategy Partner: Ayshwarya Sharma 

Brand Strategy Associate: Revati Chavan

Head of Films Department: Jignesh Maru

Agency Executive Producer: Anil Sonawane

Creative Editor: Akshay Sonawane

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