The ICPD25 summit was held in Nairobi earlier this month. Menstrual health and hygiene played a relatively modest official role in the summit, but the fact that menstruation was on the agenda at all represents progress. Moreover, the presence of MHM advocates at the summit, in addition to a pre-conference event focused specifically on menstrual health and hygiene, provided networking and coalition-building opportunities for those who were able to attend. This is a recap of the event and its significance.
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.
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.
October 28th is the deadline for Rise Up’s 2020 Gender Equity Initiative leadership training program in South Africa. Even if you are not eligible to apply during this round due to geographic exclusions, keep an eye on Rise Up’s leadership training programs since they are likely to be run in other regions in the 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.
This is a review of the new 2019 “Breaking Barriers” report about challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the southern and eastern regions of Africa. While its main focus is on technological entrepreneurship in those regions, it also has a good deal to say of interest to female menstrual health entrepreneurs and leaders anywhere.
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.
Scholarship opportunities for participation in the upcoming Women Leaders in Global Health conference
For women doing health care work in Asia or Africa who have insight to share about women’s health in their countries, learn here about how to apply for a full scholarship to attend the Women Leaders in Global Health conference to be held in Kagali, Rwanda from November 9-10, 2019. Applications are due by September 15 at the latest.
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…
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.