Upcoming Webinar – Periods In and After the Pandemic: Refugee Spotlight on Wed, May 26

In honor of MH Day, Days for Girls – in conjunction with several honorary cosponsors (of which IMHER is one) – will be sponsoring an interactive webinar about the effect of the pandemic on refugees with respect to menstruation. The webinar will be held on May 26 6:00-7:00 am UTC. Click here to register, and to read a description of the event. After the event, the IMHER research team will be contributing to a post-webinar report that will focus on key takeaways from the discussion. Additionally, Days for Girls will record and post the proceedings after the event, for those who are unable to attend.

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A New Definition of Menstrual Health

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…

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ACMHM 2021 Symposium Save the Date

Upcoming Symposium: Improving Menstrual Health Management in Africa

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…

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Advancing Menstrual Equity at the Systemic Level: A Webinar Report

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.

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Webinar Alert: Period Posse on Participatory Consultation for MHM this week

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.

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Webinar Alert: Advancing Menstrual Equity at the Systemic Level Through Policy Shifts and Standards

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.

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U.S. Resumes UNFPA Funding After Four-year Hiatus

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.

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Privacy issues to watch as smart tech usage increases around the world

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?

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