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 This represents a major policy change for the U.S., after four years of withdrawn funding by the U.S. for the UNFPA under former President Donald Trump.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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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The African Women’s Development Fund

SUMMARY: The African Women’s Development Fund has announced that it is accepting applications for grants which a number of African menstrual health or hygiene organizations are likely to be eligible. If your MH organization is woman-led and primarily staffed by women, and if it is based in an African country (especially North Africa, the Sahel, or Francophone West Africa), an August 2020 application for this quite-sizeable grant may be worth considering.

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Covid-19 and Menstrual Hygiene Challenges: A Webinar Report

On May 27, Days for Girls, the UNFPA, and the ACMHM brought together participants from around the world to consider the intersection of menstrual health and hygiene work and Covid-19 in Africa. In this post, we focus on a selection of key ideas coming forth from the event that are specific to the MHM/Covid-19 intersection that many MH-focused organizations are grappling with right now.

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More Upcoming Webinars

The days before, during, and after Menstrual Hygiene Day / May 28 always tend to be a busy time for those who do work related to menstrual health. This year features many different webinars and events, some pertaining to Covid-19, and some not. Here, we feature a selection of them: May 21, 2020 – 8th Virtual Conference on MHM in Schools, with the theme “Innovation in MHM: Putting Girls at the Center” (link) May 26 – “Menstrual Health – Lessons from the Field” (link) A webinar on “why funders and practitioners should invest in a cross-sectoral approach to addressing menstrual health May 27 –   “Menstrual Health Responses to…

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