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.
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.
New Hampshire – the home state of Dartmouth College and IMHER – on Wednesday became the 4th U.S. state to guarantee free disposable menstrual pads and tampons to girls in its public middle schools and high schools. Here are some lesson’s learned by IMHER through its involvement with that legislative process.
VGIF is offering a funding opportunity with a deadline of July 26, 2019 that may be of relevance to non-profit MHM organizations based in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and India. The grant totals $95,000 (distributed over six years), and is specifically designed to support small, community-based organizations led by women, focused on projects that improve the lives of women, girls, and non-binary or trans individuals.