Causes

Singaporean sisters champion feminine hygiene with long-lasting 'freedom cup'

In fast-paced Singapore, there are those in need - and those who go out of their way to meet those needs. This is part of a series on noteworthy causes The Straits Times is spotlighting.

(From far left) Sisters Joanne, Vanessa and Rebecca Paranjothy run a social enterprise that promotes the use of reusable menstrual cups, called freedom cups.
(From far left) Sisters Joanne, Vanessa and Rebecca Paranjothy run a social enterprise that promotes the use of reusable menstrual cups, called freedom cups.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Across the globe, a significant proportion of women have little or no access to feminine hygiene sanitation during their periods.

For instance, in the Philippines, it is not uncommon for female sugarcane plantation workers to miss a week of work as they do not have enough sanitary napkins to tide them over, said Ms Vanessa Paranjothy, co-founder of a feminine hygiene company.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Empowering women, period. '. Subscribe