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Ema Azimah

01 Sep 2021 | Article

Access to menstrual products, safe and hygienic spaces to use them and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma is essential for anyone who menstruates. However this is not the case for many women, girls and people who menstruate which was why Ema Azimah, 2019 Tunku Scholar established Merah Move.

Merah Move was launched to raise awareness on period poverty which is the inaccessibility of menstrual products resulting in missing school days and job opportunities. The initiative which was set up earlier this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has excrabated period poverty as as menstruators have lost access to the products and hygiene facilities they relied upon.Through Merah Move, Ema has organised educational sessions to shed light on the reality of period poverty in Malaysia and a donation drive. The Merah Move Marcharity Fund was set up to provide women and girls in Sarawak with sanitary products through the support of the Sarawak Women for Women Society (SWWS).

Besides championing menstrual equity, Ema is a strong believer that an individual’s personal or social circumstances such as gender, socioeconomic status or family background, should not be obstacles for a student to achieve their educational potential. She recently completed a 3 month internship with Teach For Malaysia a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to give all children in Malaysia the opportunity to attain an excellent education. During her internship, Ema worked under the Education Ecosystem Engagement department where she has the opportunity to work current and future education based projects such as Cikgu Kickstart, a teach innovation award by Edufication MY.

Upon finishing her undergraduate degree in Teaching of English as a Second Language at UITM Puncak Alam, she aspires to become “Cikgu Ema” and empower students through education.

 

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Ema Azimah is a 2010 Tunku Scholar who is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Teaching of English as a Second Language at UITM Puncak Alam.

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