malaymail.com 28 Apr, 2021 07:30 am

Yante Ismail’s powerful artwork of menstruating student highlights need to make schools safer for girls

Yante Ismail’s powerful artwork of menstruating student highlights need to make schools safer for girls
PETALING JAYA, April 28 — Malaysian artist Yante Ismail’s depiction of a menstruating student has hit home amidst the brewing controversy over period spot checks in local schools. Her artwork, adapted from a piece she made in 2019, shows a girl in a blue pinafore standing with arms akimbo and a...

PETALING JAYA, April 28 — Malaysian artist Yante Ismail’s depiction of a menstruating student has hit home amidst the brewing controversy over period spot checks in local schools.This theme has been thrust back into the spotlight here in Malaysia after women opened up online last week about traumatic experiences at school involving period spot checks.The accusations were disputed on Monday by Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, who claimed that investigations into period spot checks have come up empty.In a Facebook post on Monday, Yante applauded the women who spoke up about the period spot checks and gave a special mention to Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam, a student who spearheaded the hashtag #MakeSchoolASaferPlace this week after she exposed her teacher for making rape jokes in class.

She added that the “institutional and societal obsession” with controlling women’s bodies has created an environment where perpetrators feel emboldened into believing they have the right to control every aspect of a woman’s existence.Yante urged Malaysians to rethink the way they teach boys and girls about women’s bodies if they truly want to protect them from harm.

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