Country Report: Recent Resources about Menstrual Hygiene in Ethiopia

Menstrual hygiene issues in Ethiopia sometimes seem to be neglected in discussions and reports about global menstrual hygiene, despite evidence suggesting that there are significant unmet product, education, and WASH-related needs within the country. In this IMHER country resource report, we highlight key findings from a recent report by PSI about product usage and WASH challenges around menstrual hygiene in Ethiopia, while providing links to other recent resources about MHM in Ethiopia as well.

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Tips for engaging boys and older people in menstrual health learning (an “IMHER ASKS” video interview)

In this discussion between IMHER and Tanzanian menstrual hygiene entrepreneur, Hyasintha Ntuyeko. Ms. Ntuyeko provides insight and practical tips for how to incorporate boys – as well as older men and women – into educational initiatives and awareness campaigns focused on menstrual hygiene, even when when sometimes facing initial resistance in a given community.

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The Period Posse Webinars, Past & Future

It is not too late to benefit from the last Period Posse webinar on menstrual hygiene research, even if you happened to miss it when it first aired on September 11. A recording of the session – “New Research: Updates from Menstrual Trials in Kenya, Uganda & The Gambia” – is now available for viewing. Don’t miss their next session on U.S. and U.K. menstrual policy, to be held on October 8.

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Webinars: Revisiting the MH Alliance Webinar Series of 2018

Past webinars too often tend to get forgotten, even when their content is just as useful and informative as the day it was initially delivered. In light of that, we thought we would call your attention to the content of an excellent webinar series conducted by MH Alliance, including WASH United, Simavi, World Vision and GIZ back in 2018.

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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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Obama Foundation Leaders Asia-Pacific Program (August Deadline)

Following the success of the 2019 Obama Foundation Leader program focused on Africa, the organization is tailoring their 2019 leadership development and civic engagement program specifically on emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region (but not South Asia.) Beyond residing in the applicable countries and demonstrating leadership strength, applicants must be between 24-40 years old, fluent in English, and available in the upcoming months for program participation. The deadline is approaching quickly (August 15th, 2019 at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time) and it is IMHER’s sense that many potential applicants doing MHM work may not know about this opportunity.

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Lessons Learned from Tanzania’s Recent Menstrual Product VAT Flip Flop

In July 2018, the Tanzanian Government removed the VAT (“Value Added Taxes”) from disposable menstrual pads , joining a small group of countries that no longer tax these items. But just one year later, the government suddenly announced that it would be fully reinstating the tax. This post discusses some potential lessons to be learned for anyone working towards the elimination of female-focused taxes in their own countries.

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