Water Currents: Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020

Thursday, May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene (MH) Day and to mark the occasion, this special issue brings together the voices and actions of nonprofits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector, and the media to advocate for all menstruators.

The inability to manage menstruation prevents millions of women and girls from reaching their full potential.

Lack of education and accurate information on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) issues, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products, and poor sanitation infrastructure are some of the factors that undermine the educational opportunities, health, dignity, and social status of women and girls around the world.

USAID works to address these factors by developing design standards for female-friendly facilities, creating educational resources, promoting the availability of MH supplies, and destigmatizing menstruation. USAID also works with host governments to draft national MHM strategies.

The USAID Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health provided content suggestions for this issue.

Events
May 28, 2020, Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 – MH Day helps raise awareness and change negative social norms around MHM and engage decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyze action for MHM, at global, national, and local levels. Content on the website includes Campaign MaterialsMHM ResourcesNews, and additional information.

May 28, 2020, Webinar. Dignity, Agency, Power: Exploring the Linkages Between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Workplace MHM – In this webinar, the USAID WASHPaLS project will present the current body of evidence related to MHM and women’s opportunities for economic empowerment and growth worldwide, as well as early efforts of an action research initiative to further understand this relationship. Here is the link for registration and additional information

Overviews
Improving the Impact of Menstrual Health Innovations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Theory of Change and Measurement FrameworkJournal of Global Health Reports, March 2020. This paper seeks to introduce the Theory of Change and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework as supportive resources that provide a common framework for the global community as both investors and social entrepreneurs seek to develop more scalable menstrual solutions globally.

Read the complete issue.

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