Upcoming Webinar about WASH United’s MHM Education Guide

Developed for girls ages 9 to 17, WASH United’s MHM Education Guide makes it easier for schools and menstrual educations organizations in specific regions to cost-efficiently educate girls about menstruation without having to create their own materials from scratch in order to do so.

On Tuesday, September 14th, at 12 pm CEST, WASH United will host a Zoom webinar discussion about their MHM Education Guide. The session will focus on this resource, and how partners have been using it in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Register for the webinar at their website here.

Key features of WASH United’s MHM Education Guide

The short book follows the story of a 10-year-old girl named Ruby/Rosie and her friends, focusing on three principle “E”s of education, empowerment, and engagement. The Guide’s key features are as follows:

  • Low-cost implementation: the guide itself is free and, according to WASH United, additional costs for printing and materials is less than 5 USD per school.
  • Minimal time: no in-depth training is required, and the guide can be introduced in two 60–90-minute sessions each. Implementation is as simple as reading the guide aloud.
  • User-centered design: there are two versions currently available for use in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, Ruby’s World (English and Hindi) and Rosie’s World (English and French) respectively. The language, cultural references, and activities are tailored for girls in each region. While the free standard package offers limited versions, additional versions are currently being developed and Custom Packages are available upon request

How this resource has been used to date

Since 2018, this resource has been used by more than 12 organizations across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, providing over 1.6 million girls with MHM education. As a result, 70% of girls demonstrated an improved understanding of MHM and 72% felt more supported by other girls following the training.

Some of the organizations that have successfully implemented this education guide include Slum Soccer in India and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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