ICPD25: The Significance of the 2019 Nairobi Summit

The ICPD25 summit was held in Nairobi earlier this month. Menstrual health and hygiene played a relatively modest official role in the summit, but the fact that menstruation was on the agenda at all represents progress. Moreover, the presence of MHM advocates at the summit, in addition to a pre-conference event focused specifically on menstrual health and hygiene, provided networking and coalition-building opportunities for those who were able to attend. This is a recap of the event and its significance.

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HEADS UP! Upcoming MH Events & Deadlines (September 2019)

This is a quick post to call your attention to the many interesting menstrual health and hygiene-related conferences, webinars, commemorative days, and fellowship deadlines that are quickly approaching. To help keep others posted about upcoming events and deadlines via the IMHER calendar, please use this form. UPCOMING WEBINARS: Columbia University’s “Period Posse” Webinar Series presents: Sept 11 (Wednesday) at 8:00 AM EST:  “New Research: Updates from Menstrual Trials in Kenya, Uganda & The Gambia.”  Featuring Penny Phillips-Howard, Helen Weiss, and Belen Torondel.  Register for online participation here. Oct 9 (Wednesday) at 8:00 AM EST:  “Ending the Tampon Tax: Mobilizing Policy Change in the U.S. and the U.K.”  Featuring…

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Girls in Uganda carrying an MH Day sign

Analyzing Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day is held annually on May 28. Since its inception five years ago, it has become an annual celebration and useful tool for MHM organizations, which tend to conduct a variety of community events (educational, fundraising, political, menstrual product distributions, etc.) on the day itself, and in the days leading up to it. This post provides an overview of Menstrual Hygiene Day, along with some tips for organizations to start thinking early about planning for it in 2020.

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The May 2018 Johannesburg MHM Symposium

In May 2018, many of those in the global MHM sector attended the Menstrual Health Management symposium held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Almost one year later, it seems worth looking back on this significant event in the progress of menstrual health as a global movement. What was learned from it? What has it led to so far?

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