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TOPIC: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue"

Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" 20 Mar 2017 17:28 #20954

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Dear Forum Members,

We are excited to announce our 12th Thematic Discussion on the topic of

“Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue”

Starting on Monday, March 27, we invite you to join our 2 weeks discussion on how to address taboos and barriers regarding Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), which is part of SuSanA's Thematic Discussion Series (TDS).

While nowadays the topic is gaining more and more attention, it has widely been neglected in the past. SDG4 (education), SDG5 (gender equality) and SDG6 (water and sanitation) require female friendly sanitation facilities and available informational materials (on MHM) at schools around the globe.
Taking into account the magnitude of the population affected by issues around MHM, schools provide an ideal environment to reach girls and young women and to address taboos and misconceptions in a culturally sensitive manner.
The question, however, is how to approach the topic in a culturally sensitive manner?

Running for two weeks from Monday March 27 to Sunday April 09, we will structure our discussion along two topics:

Theme I - Breaking the taboo around MHM (March 27- April 02)
Thematic Lead: Dr. Marni Sommer (Associate Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

Theme II - Infrastructural barriers and how to monitor MHM (April 03 - April 09)
Thematic Lead: Thérèse Mahon (Regional Programme Manager South Asia, WaterAid)

For both topics, the experts will provide leadership, food for thought and a profound insight into the topic. Questions raised by Forum Users will also be addressed.

During the discussion, regular summaries of forum entries will be posted to keep you updated on our conversation.

Coordination and support to the SuSanA secretariat with this thematic discussion will be done by Katrin Dauenhauer (Independent consultant), Jan Schlenk (GIZ), and Mintje Büürma (GIZ). For any questions, please post on the forum or contact us directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We look forward to your contributions and an enriching discussion on MHM in Schools.


Kind regards,
Mintje Büürma

SuSanA Thematic Discussion Series Coordinator
Bonn, Germany
Mintje Büürma

SuSanA Thematic Discussion Series Coordinator
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Re: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" 21 Mar 2017 11:39 #20964

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Dear Mintje,

Many thanks for informing us about the MHM TDS. I look forward to beginning the discussion. During the 1st week session, I hope that we can also focus on restrictions of some MHM products vis-a-vis specific cultural beliefs and taboos.

Many thanks and best regards,

Doreen
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Re: Starting Soon: TDS 12 "Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools - A neglected issue" 25 Mar 2017 08:16 #21006

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Thank you for the invite. Look forward to hearing the views from around the world.
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