Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

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Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

Dear Susana Forum,

We are happy to post the below linked article related to managing menstruation in the workplace in low-income countries. We feel that this is a significantly overlooked issue, and hope to see increased attention to better understanding the needs of adolescent girls and women working in informal and formal workplace environments in low-income contexts during their monthly menstruation, and also with regard to their related water and sanitation needs for urination and defecation.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4895811/

Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

Marni Sommer, Sahani Chandraratna, Sue Cavill, Therese Mahon, and Penelope Phillips-Howard

Abstract

The potential menstrual hygiene management barriers faced by adolescent girls and women in workplace environments in low- and middle-income countries has been under addressed in research, programming and policy. Despite global efforts to reduce poverty among women in such contexts, there has been insufficient attention to the water and sanitation related barriers, specifically in relation to managing monthly menstruation, that may hinder girls’ and women’s contributions to the workplace, and their health and wellbeing. There is an urgent need to document the specific social and environmental barriers they may be facing in relation to menstrual management, to conduct a costing of the implications of inadequate supportive workplace environments for menstrual hygiene management, and to understand the implications for girls’ and women’s health and wellbeing. This will provide essential evidence for guiding national policy makers, the private sector, donors and activists focused on advancing girls’ and women’s rights.


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Marni
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Re: Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

Indeed its a very significant issue and it has increased drop out rate of girls from school. due to lack of personal hygiene knowledge and short of sanitation kits. We should join hands as susana forum members and promote/provide/impart knowledge to men and women and give free sanitation kits.

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More and more people are joining the workplace ,being formal or informal.The recent emphasis on Menstrual Hygiene Management in academic institutions is a novel starting point, but the reality is showing up how piece-meal our strategic focus can be. Like we raised the issues of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in the workplace, it is time to broaden the horizon on responding to menstrual hygiene management into the wider institutional setting. Considering the diversity of settings in which people work together as a community outside the household,we should seek to advocate for more comprehensiveness...
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Re: Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

Marni,

Thank you for sharing this article. I think this is an area where we need a much greater focus. I wonder if the issue of MHM in the workplace could be addressed in MH Day next year?

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Hanna

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