Take an edX Course on “Menstruation in a Global Context”

The Gender, Adolescent Transitions, and Environment (GATE) Program at Columbia University led by Professor Marni Sommer has released an online edX course entitled “Menstruation in a Global Context: Addressing Policy and Practice.” Details about the course can be found here. The course is estimated to take 14 weeks to complete, based on 2-3 hours of work spent on it per week. It covers the following topics: Menstruation as a Public Health and Human Rights Issue Review of Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) Evidence and Gaps MHH Programming for Adolescent Girls The MHH Experiences of Women in Low-Resource Settings MHH Policy and Advocacy MHH Response in Humanitarian Emergencies Inclusive…

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Educating over the Airwaves in Tanzania: A Case Study

CASE STUDY SUMMARY:  Glory Pads of Tanzania recently produced a series of radio and TV programs which merge menstrual health education and stigma reduction with brand advertising.  With these programs placed on Tanzanian national stations during the spring and summer of 2021, they reached hundreds of thousands of people. Based on interviews with Glory Pads founder and CEO Hyasintha Ntuyeko, this post focuses largely on her tips for other MHM organizations who might be interested in similar MHM mass media education projects of their own.

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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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