Donation Made In Sulli’s Name In Recognition Of Her Commitment To Women’s Issues
A large donation of female sanitary products has been donated in Sulli’s name in recognition of her commitment to the cause.
In October 2018, Sulli met with representatives of a sanitary products company with the idea of creating sanitary pads to sell at her own pop-up store. The meeting took place at Sulli’s request. Sulli had previously said on her web variety show, “Women need to use high-quality products during their period. I’ve often thought that there should be organic sanitary pads.”
In June, Sulli distributed these products to everyone who attended her fan meeting. It was also her own idea to distribute the sanitary pads among the attendees regardless of gender. She had planned to sell these products officially through the second season of her web variety show.
All of the products that Sulli designed with the company, about 100,000 in total, will be donated. This is a donation worth about 500 million won (about $424,900). The sanitary products company and the producers of Sulli’s web variety show (SM C&C) made the decision to donate together so they could carry out Sulli’s commitment to women’s issues.
On November 13, the production team of her web variety show donated 15,000 sanitary pads to the Gimpo Welfare Foundation in Sulli’s name. The foundation distributed these products to 1000 vulnerable women such as those in single-parent families or those living with disabilities. These are people who are often overlooked even by support policies for sanitary products for low-income people.
A source from the foundation said, “After the ‘shoe insert sanitary pad’ incident came to light in 2016, we have received more donations of female sanitary products through both individuals and businesses, but these have slowed down recently. It is the first time that we’ve received over 10,000 pads in a single donation, so we are very grateful.”
Sulli had always intended to donate these products, according to the production staff of her web variety show. She reportedly discussed the possibility of making pads and other products available in bathrooms, as well as other ways to make these products easier to access for young women and low-income families. She also spoke about the need for society to stop shaming people about using sanitary pads.
The chief producer of Sulli’s web variety show said, “She talked about being able to carry sanitary products in a clear pouch and walk with your head held high. She wanted to do this through her ‘airport fashion.’ She wanted to create a cultural shift. The products were going to be revealed at the beginning of Season 2, so the products were ready to go, which is why we were able to donate them after discussing it with the product company.”
Sulli has donated to many causes throughout her career. In September of this year, she participated in a “sharing market” where celebrities donated personal items in order to raise money for low-income youth. This was done with the cast of the variety show she was appearing on at the time, “Night of Hate Comments.” In 2012, she and her fans donated 500 kg of rice (about 1100 lbs.) to the Seoul Euncheon Community Child Center. In the same year, she took part in a pictorial designed to raise money for grandparents who were raising their grandchildren alone.