Women and gender

Health and Hygiene across the Life Course: World Health Assembly 2017 side session report

During the World Health Assembly 2017, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), SCA, Government of Kenya and WaterAid came together to share approaches to ensure good hygiene and health practices and to raise standards across the life course, from childhood to adolescence, from motherhood to menopause, to old age and responding to disabilities. The session took place in the morning on 24 May 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, and was attended by more than 40 international delegates from UN agencies, private sector, member states, NGOs and academia.

Date: 22 June 2017

Menstrual Hygiene Management Impacts Girls’ School Experience in the Bolivian Amazon

The purpose of this study on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in the Beni department of Bolivia was
to better understand the challenges girls face due to menstruation; describe factors which influence girls’
experiences during menstruation; and present recommendations to create a supportive school environment
for adolescent girls in Bolivia.

Date: 22 May 2017
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Menstrual hygiene management in Indonesia: understanding practices, determinants and impacts among adolescent school girls

In Indonesia, there is little context specific research about MHM among adolescent girls, including in the school setting. Consequently, the determinants and impacts of MHM among girls and women in Indonesia are not well understood and an evidence-base for programming and interventions to improve MHM is lacking. This 2015 study aimed to explore factors related to MHM knowledge, attitudes, practices and impacts amongst adolescent school girls in Indonesia.

Date: 22 May 2017
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WASH and Health Practitioners MHM Training Manual (India)

The materials in this publication were developed, tested and commented upon across five Indian states through one-on-one interviews with people in different age groups, focus groups, and discussions held in various settings including schools. A writer’s workshop was organised by WSSCC in February 2013 in Mumbai bringing together MHM Lab facilitators, designers, trainers and experts to develop the range of manuals and tools. Disability experts were a key part of the process of addressing this vital topic within the context of MHM and in developing this publication.

Date: 22 May 2017
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WinS4Girls Distance Learning Course book

The WinS4Girls E-Course was developed and delivered as part of the 14 country UNICEF project funded by the Government of Canada. The WinS4Girls E-Course was designed by the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University and UNICEF to help strengthen the capacity of WASH practitioners and policymakers to carry out rigorous research that investigates local MHM practices and challenges. It includes step-by-step modules for planning formative research into MHM.

Date: 22 May 2017

WASH challenges to girls’ menstrual hygiene management in Metro Manila, Masbate, and South Central Mindanao, Philippines

This paper examines water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions that enable and hinder Philippine schoolgirls to hygienically manage their menstruation. We collected qualitative data from 13 schools in three regions of the Philippines. Schools in both urban (Metro Manila) and rural areas (Masbate and South Central Mindanao) were included to allow for comparison across settings.

Date: 22 May 2017
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Menstrual hygiene: a ‘silent’ need during disaster recovery

Post-disaster relief and recovery operations seldom focus on women’s priorities regarding menstrual hygiene. There is an increasing awareness to incorporate inclusive, participatory, and gender-sensitive strategies for implementation of response programmes. This article presents empirical findings related to menstrual hygiene management (MHM), demonstrating it is integral to women’s privacy and safety during recovery. Using case studies from India, the 2012 Assam floods and 2013 Cyclone Phailin in Odisha, this article explores menstrual hygiene practices in a post-disaster context.

Date: 22 May 2017

What is the scope for addressing menstrual hygiene management in complex humanitarian emergencies? A global review

Global attention on improving the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into humanitarian response is growing. However, there continues to be a lack of consensus on how best to approach MHM inclusion within response activities. This global review assessed the landscape of MHM practice, policy, and research within the field of humanitarian response.

Date: 22 May 2017

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