Or, more accurately, it has not passed the bill yet. Despite exuberant recent news headlines to the contrary, Scotland did not just pass a bill to provide menstrual products for all in need. At this juncture, the bill in question has only passed the first of many procedural stages on its journey to possible final passage. This post summarizes the political process that this bill still faces to potentially becoming a global first, while analyzing how accuracy can matter in news and social media sharing about global progress on menstrual hygiene issues.
If you have been working on developing a radically innovative, discreet, and environmentally sustainable menstrual product innovation, consider the possibility of applying to the latest round of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges Explorations” grant competition.
On Thursday, January 23, 2020, the “Period Posse” at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health will be holding a webinar called “Ensuring Accessibility: Addressing the menstrual needs of people with disabilities.”
A group of menstrual hygiene partner organizations based in India will be holding a webinar on 14 Jan 2020 called “Scrap the Period Tax,” which will focus on menstrual product taxation in middle- and low-income countries.
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.