Team of global experts officially defines the term “menstrual health” Written by Fiona Sleigh, IMHER Student Research Assistant As part of the effort to advance menstrual policy, research, and practice, a leading team of experts organized by the Global Menstrual Collective has officially defined the term “menstrual health.” The team of 51 experts from around the world defined menstrual health (a noun) as: “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in relation to the menstrual cycle.” By defining this term, the team aims to unite and direct the menstrual movement. Senior author Thérèse Mahon wrote that having…
Save the Date – 25 to 27 May 2021, in honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day In 2018, the UNFPA brought to Johannesburg many of those working on menstrual health and hygiene in Africa to honor Menstrual Hygiene Day, while building alliances across the continent (see IMHER’s post on that event.) Three years later, the spirit of that event is continuing – this time, in remote form – with a three-day online symposium sponsored by the ACMHM (The African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management) and MH Day. If it is anything like its predecessor – which it intends to be, as outlined in the symposium concept note – this…
From considering the role government can play on a macro-level of setting national agendas, to the specifics of what it means to design a building that is MHM-conscious, the panelists each contributed to a dynamic conversation on how to improve menstrual equity through policy shifts and standards. Here we will be focusing on a selection of key ideas that emerged from the discussion.
The new Days for Girls Podcast hosted by Jessica Williams takes listeners behind the scenes to hear from leaders in international development, female empowerment, menstrual health, visual storytelling, social entrepreneurship, and more.
On Thursday, February 18th, starting at 8 AM EST, Period Posse based at Columbia University will host a Zoom webinar focused on including the voices of women and girls in the MHM project life cycle. The webinar will feature a number of experts using innovative consultation methods designed to more fully integrate the views of menstruators into MHM work.
On Thursday, Feb 25, from 10:00-11:00 AM EAT, Days for Girls and the African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management will co-host a Zoom Webinar focused on menstrual health policy in East and Southern Africa. The webinar will feature a number of speakers working on menstrual health issues and policy in the region. IMHER is an honorary co-host of the event.
Yesterday, just eight days after taking office, U.S. President Joe Biden announced an intention to restore U.S. funding to the UNFPA. This represents a major policy change for the U.S., after four years of withdrawn funding by the U.S. for the UNFPA under former President Donald Trump.
A truism within the tech world is, “if you’re not paying for the product, you ARE the product.” But what does that mean for users of the proliferation of menstrual trackers available today? Why might those working in low income contexts where smart tech is not yet commonly used still want to keep an eye on in-country data privacy legislation for the future? And what might some data-safer period tracking alternatives be in the meantime?
Widespread news of its passage back in March was premature. But with the final passage of its period products bill on November 24, Scotland has now officially become the first country in the world to decide to provide free menstrual products to all menstruators.
On Tuesday, November 24, starting at 9:30 AM EST (UTC-5) / 16:30 SAST (UTC+2), the Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa, UNFPA and UN Women will hold a virtual dialogue on the role of traditional leaders in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights through Facebook Live.