SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Tue, 03 May 2016 23:56:10 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb 28 May - Menstrual Hygiene Day - Campaign materials and Planning Guide available - by: inajurga Menstrual Hygiene Day is this month on 28 May. We hope you are as excited as we are!

We have worked 24/7 to create the new campaign materials and updated the website, too! And finally, here are the UPDATES!

It is easiest to go to to find everything. Below a smaller extract:

Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere
This year's theme for MH Day 2016 is "menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere". Menstruation matters to women and girls worldwide, in all spheres of life, to boys & men, and to transgender people. It is a matter of equality, inclusion and human rights, and is important in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more on websitethe website, and get involved!

Campaign Planner
The Menstrual Hygiene Day Planner will help you plan for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016. It is meant to give you guidance and inspiration for all your activities. The Planner includes background information on:

  • Menstrual Hygiene Day
  • Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • Theme: Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere
  • How to get involved

Campaign Materials

The story of this year’s campaign is that “every day can be a good day”, including the days of the period. Different people explain what makes days of the period normal and good.
Brand-new materials for 2016 are:
  • "Every day can be a good day" - illustrations
  • "Every day can be a good day" - templates
  • "Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere " banner and posters

Materials for print and for social media are currently available in English and Spanish, with French and Hindi coming soon! DOWNLOAD HERE


If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact me:
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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 02 May 2016 14:24:45 +0000
WaterAid message - "Manpons" funny video about tampons for men to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene management - by: mwaniki
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 01 Apr 2016 18:24:40 +0000
Re: Girls' and women's right to menstrual health: Evidence and opportunities - PATH's recent publication, Outlook on Reproductive Health - by: inajurga thanks for sharing!

also for the discussion around menstrual hygiene or health.
I support the wording shift towards more menstrual health (& hygiene), because that is what we want to aspire. We kept so far hygiene because that was commonly used terminology. While we also had lots feedback by mostly pro-period feminists that hygiene sounds to "negative".

btw: it reminds me of the discussion around ecological sanitation or sustainable sanitation or environmental sanitation we had years ago (but don't want to open that thread...)

For me, as long we mean the same with it, it is fine.
We also discussed internally of renaming Menstrual Hygiene Day to Menstrual Health Day, but that would be a large shift.

The definition for MHM is focused on individual needs, while the systemic look by UNESCO also considers the enabling environment. Not so sure if it is , unless under "social norms" we can also consider the awareness by society and support by family members.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:55:37 +0000
Re: Girls' and women's right to menstrual health: Evidence and opportunities - PATH's recent publication, Outlook on Reproductive Health - by: muench
I was wondering what the difference between menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and menstrual health is. Nancy's publication gives a nice definition of both terms:

What is menstrual health?

Most efforts to address menstruation in low-resource
settings use the term menstrual hygiene management
. The United Nations Children’s Foundation (UNICEF)
and the World Health Organization define a state of “good”
MHM when girls and women use clean material to absorb or
collect menstrual blood; can change this material in privacy;
and have access to soap, water, and disposal facilities for
used materials (e.g., sanitary pads).6

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
goes further and summarizes systemic factors that facilitate
healthy menstrual management:7
• Accurate and timely knowledge
• Available, safe, and affordable materials
• Informed and comfortable professionals
• Referral and access to health services
• Sanitation and washing facilities
• Positive social norms
• Safe and hygienic disposal
• Advocacy and policy

This issue of Outlook uses the term “menstrual health” to
encompass both the MHM practices and the broader systemic
factors that link menstruation with health, well-being, gender,
education, equity, empowerment, and rights.

Furthermore, Nancy explained it to me by e-mail as follows:

To your question below, the Outlook article clarifies why we refer to it as menstrual health – it’s primarily to recognize that menstruation has broader implications for girls and women than hygiene. The WASH arena is where it has received such important support yet we wanted to acknowledge that it equally touches reproductive health and rights, gender, education, adolescent health, and maternal health. It also requires strategic thinking on supply systems, financing, quality standards, product mix, implementation science, behavior change communication, and advocacy. But yes, all these ways of describing the issue below can be linked to each other.

So once again, this turns out to be a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral topic - which makes it quite fascinating...


P.S. I wish we had better Wikipedia articles on this topic. So far we only have this one on Menstrual Hygiene Day which I've helped to improve:]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:29:19 +0000
Re: Impacts of female genital mutilation (FGM) on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) - and links to sanitation - by: muench

I got myself involved a little bit in editing this article a while ago; a lot of people are watching the page to make sure its quality stays high (which is great). So my proposed edits regarding aspects of dignity and urination were scrutinised here:

This article is rated as a featured article ( which means that:

Featured articles are considered to be the best articles Wikipedia has to offer, as determined by Wikipedia's editors. They are used by editors as examples for writing other articles. Before being listed here, articles are reviewed as featured article candidates for accuracy, neutrality, completeness, and style according to our featured article criteria. There are 4,731 featured articles out of 5,106,023 articles on the English Wikipedia (~0.1% are featured). Thus, about one in 1,070 articles is listed here.
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:53:09 +0000
Re: Impacts of female genital mutilation (FGM) on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) - and links to sanitation - by: muench
Thanks for posting this. It prompted me to also post something I recently received about female genital mutilation (FGM) outside of Africa (e.g. in South East Asia and Iran) in the following e-mail:


Dear Friends,

WADI has created a survey toolkit for small surveys on female genital mutilation. This is free for use and we hope it will be distributed widely. So, we would be happy to see you put a link on your website or announce it in an article.

The tool-kit helps groups or individuals to design their own survey, conduct interviews and calculate results. The idea came from participants at a conference we held in Istanbul 2014.
As WADI we are often contacted by small groups in places where FGM is common but no data exists. The first thing many activists want to do is to conduct a survey. So we have helped in the past many times with questionnaire design, calculations and analyses of results. With the survey tool kit, we make this support more accessible – and independent from our own time schedules.
We hope you find the tool-kit also useful in the regions you work in – even if data exists, small surveys may help to find out more about motivations and reduction rates.

On a different note, we like to ask your advise for our funding situation. For the first time, in more than 10 years we are entirely underfunded. Our comprehensive campaign against FGM in Kurdistan with 6 mobile teams, trainings for midwifes, policemen and lawyers, conferences for local politicians and religious leaders etc. has no funding since January 1st 2016. Funding for our Stop FGM Middle East & Asia campaign ran out February 1st.

UNICEF Iraq apparently has no funds left to support us. The EU and German government have turned down our requests. Other donors, e.g. DFID, have too complicated criteria for us to even apply. Donors’ criteria are generally a problem in our situation: Since we are operating in a war zone, many programs for women are not funded anymore.

This is particularly disconcerting as we had one of our most successful years in our struggle against FGM: UNICEF recognized that FGM is not an African problem and acknowledged its existence in South East Asia and Iran. In Iraq, we started a new module with awareness raising classes for men.

And as usual the media reported frequently about our campaign:

We keep watching out for all calls for proposals which suit our needs. However, we also want to look into private and cooperate funding. Would you have any suggestions for us?

Yours sincerely,
Hannah Wettig

Hannah Wettig
Project coordinator
Stop FGM Middle East
phone: ++49-30-60933390]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:50:47 +0000
Girls' and women's right to menstrual health: Evidence and opportunities - PATH's recent publication, Outlook on Reproductive Health - by: Nancy Outlook on Reproductive Health. This issue is on Girls and Women's Right to Menstrual Health. For over 30 years, PATH has synthesized the latest scientific research and evidence on effective reproductive health programming and made it available through Outlook.

I advocated to have this Outlook issue focus on menstrual health. The WASH sector is doing a good job of researching menstrual hygiene management, yet the issue affects girls and women in many ways including their reproductive health and well-being that do not receive as much attention.

Outlook is targeted at managers, policymakers, health care providers, researchers, and educators around the world. It reaches more than 55,000 readers in some 180 countries.

Best wishes,
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:40:02 +0000
Re: Impacts of female genital mutilation (FGM) on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) - and links to sanitation - by: ulrichl
"98% of girls in Somalia are subjected to female genital mutilation, the highest prevalence on the planet. But right now the government is considering a ban and our global support could help push the decision through."
"If Somalia enacts a full ban law now, and follows with massive public education campaigns, it could become the champion to lead the world to zero tolerance."

Kind regards, Lukas]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sat, 12 Mar 2016 07:38:23 +0000
Re: Menstrual hygiene - customs from Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria - by: SusannahClemence I would like to learn more, for instance:
  • When women squat over holes, is this for days, for hours or for minutes at a time, like defecating?
  • What specific supernatural powers are menstruating or non-menstruating women believed to have?
  • What do they believe is the benefit of not bathing?

Thanks again!
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:20:27 +0000
Menstrual hygiene - customs from Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria - by: aisha
  • Women do make holes and squat from time to time for the menstrual flow to drip inside.
  • A menstruarating woman donot cook food for her husband and elder men in the family because their super natural powers would be weak.
  • A menstruating women would not plaite her hair and bath till after she has finished her period.
  • Most women in the villages also will never dried rags used for menses outside in the sun because their mother in laws will see it or their mate will know she is menstruating and could be possibly charm, etc...

I did englighten them, gave them sanitary pad to use and encouraged them to think positively rather than associating charms or supernatural power issues to menses. Also told them to be hygienic during menstruation than staying without bathing.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:45:17 +0000
Reply: Training of school girls and boys on how to make Re-usable sanitary pad (Uganda) - by: richardkizito297
Hope to hear from you soon

Kizito Richard.

Attached are some photos of my work:]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:33:08 +0000
Re: Training of school girls and boys on how to make Re-usable sanitary pad (Uganda) - by: Beverly Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sat, 05 Dec 2015 06:06:06 +0000 Announcement of MHM Dgroup discussion: “Breaking the Silence, what’s next?" (Nov/Dec 2015) - by: Antoinette
I am pleased to inform you that the Dgroup on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools (MHM), will be organizing an email discussion on MHM called: “Breaking the Silence, what’s next?”

As you know, there has been a storm of activity and developments around the topic of MHM over the past 2-3 years. Many organizations in the sector have worked very hard to generate evidence, put the topic on the agenda of schools, local governments, national governments, development organizations etc. A lot of research has been done to generate detailed evidence about menstrual hygiene practices, barriers, the effects on girls’ well-being, education and reproductive health. It is encouraging that so much recognition of the importance of this topic has been achieved in so many countries across the world. We need this type of good news!

Of course there is still a lot to be done, in communities, schools and different countries. However, we also feel that it is timely to reflect on different approaches, lessons learned and long term sustainability of MHM efforts.

We will discuss the following three blocks:
  • Week 1 25th November to 1st December MHM at Scale: What does it mean to take MHM to scale?
  • Week 2 2nd – 8th December Sustainability of MHM: How can we ensure long-term sustainable access for girls in terms of facilities, menstrual materials and information?
  • Week 3 9th December – 15th December 2015 Scope of MHM: Should MHM programmes seek to contribute to equal opportunities for girls after they leave school?

This is an invitation for those interested in the MHM topic to join the discussion on


Antoinette Kome
Global Sector Coordinator WASH

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation ǁ Jl. Kemang Timur Raya No. 66 ǁ Jakarta Selatan 12730 ǁ Indonesia ǁ T + 62 (21) 719 9900 ext 129 (office) ǁ +62 812 1368 2672 (HP/mobile) ǁ]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:02:34 +0000
Re: Various presentations about menstrual hygiene management at WEDC conference in July 2015 - by: ShahrukhMirza
Really interesting comments, and fascinating to learn how similar problems exist in Western Europe, but less visibly so. The importance of public sanitation cannot be overstated - in Bangladesh, the public sanitation crisis is severe and most women and girls have literally no options if they need to use the toilet while out of the home. We've been doing some interesting advocacy work, influencing Dhaka city's mayors to take up MHM-inclusive and accessible public toilets as a cause, and this is gaining momentum, but there's a long way to go. I'm now thinking how we can use the concept of SRPS to conduct research that can strengthen our advocacy, in the same way that the National Hygiene Baseline Survey was critical to convincing education authorities on the importance of good school sanitation.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:54:08 +0000
Free webinar on Menstrual Hygiene Management within CLTS - Thursday 26th November 2015, 10-11.30am (GMT) - by: Petra . Drawing on current thinking and experience, .the webinar will explore how Community-Led Total Sanitation programmes can be expanded to address MHM in schools and communities to alleviate additional stresses placed on women and girls.

Sign up for the free webinar here]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:27:09 +0000