SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Mon, 25 May 2015 19:27:06 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: KaiMikkel Here's an article that details what I'm referring to - one that's sure to make your blood boil!]]> Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 20 May 2015 17:25:22 +0000 Re: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: muench
Good news! We have a Wikipedia article about Menstrual Hygiene Day!

12 days to go until this year's Menstrual Hygiene Day...

High time to ensure that journalists who are looking for information about this day on Wikipedia will find something...

Therefore, I had proposed to create a Wikipedia page on Menstrual Hygiene Day. Denise Reck and Ina Jurga from WASH United followed my proposal. Denise wrote the first draft of the article. I then put it into Wikipedia language (trying to take out any bias, making it sound encyclopedic), added more references and photos, used the standard headings we had developed in the WikiProject Sanitation and voilà, here is the brand new Wikipedia article on Menstrual Hygiene Day:

While putting it together I realised we needed information about Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in there. In fact, as I wrote on the talk page of the article (

Newly created page, explanations

I have set up this page; I added a redirect from menstrual hygiene management (MHM). An alternative option might have been to set up a new page called menstrual hygiene management, but I decided to do it this way - the menstrual hygiene day is a day to raise awareness for better menstrual hygiene management. If the page grows a lot in future, it could be split in two. But for now, I think the two topics go nicely hand in hand together. Feedback, comments and further improvements are welcome. EvM-Susana (talk) 13:31, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

I invite anyone with an interest in MHM to help improve this article in any of the following ways:
  • Read what we have written, correct any typos or make language improvements to make it easier to understand for the layperson (note: you don't need a Wikipedia login for that, just click on the edit button at the top of the Wikipedia page; if you do decide to get a Wikipedia login, then be sure to turn on the Visual Editor which is more comfortable to use, see here)
  • Please avoid any words that may introduce bias (good explanation about that is here) - this is actually a bit of a switch in mindset, as we are used to - on other websites - to glow a bit about our work.
  • Add citations whereever I have put the tag: {{citation needed}}. When you are citing a big report, also add the page number. Refrain from using copy & paste, even if it's tempting but rather paraphrase (mind you, for the definition of MHM I chose to quote directly).
  • I have already cited the documents on MHM that I thought were very important (i.e. the ones that I had listed as key documents here:; but of course nothing speaks against citing other high quality sources (please no blog posts or forum posts as sources though; even citing websites is borderline but can be done in certain cases)
  • Propose additional photos.
  • Add additional content.

This can be your own personal contribution to celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day in 2015!


P.S. Giacomo, you could add key statements from the paper that you recommended in the post above mine. Normally (at least for articles on medical topics) review articles are preferred over primary research articles. But when there is a lack of publications then this kind of article is also valid, I would say.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 17 May 2015 10:14:07 +0000
Re: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: ggalli Not directly related to the event, but I really liked this article:

Menstrual hygiene management: education and empowerment for girls?

This paper discusses the recent attention of the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)
sector to resolving the menstrual hygiene crisis for young girls in developing countries. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) interventions, including the use of sanitary pads, education and awareness, and where possible separate, sanitary toilets, are identified to have far-reaching impacts on the education and empowerment of girls. Field research conducted in Ghana’s Northern Region indicates a pronounced socialized, sexualized understanding and experience of menstruation among young girls and their families, school teachers, and local NGOs. Unfortunately WASH initiatives only allow interventions to manage menstrual hygiene, leaving the young girls and others in their social settings to deal with the larger subset of sexuality issues. We argue that opening the dominant discourse of a medicalized concept of menstruation to other meanings and experiences will have significant implications for the education and empowerment of young adolescent girls.

Keywords: menstruation, Ghana, hygiene, medicalized, sexualized, education, empowerment

Other work of Deepa Joshi also focused on the issue of homelessness and perceptions of hygiene, also related to menstruation:

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 13 May 2015 11:59:48 +0000
Re: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: nicolag
If you can believe it I think we actually do have Rose George on board - such a fantastic, passionate (and far more articulate than me!) advocate for this work. She will take part in the debate in the evening.

You might be interested in the trailer of the film we're showing, The Menstrual Man:

Please do share with your SE contacts - we are a bit upset that MHD falls in the exam season for students, thus ruling an important group out, but we do hope lots can make it.

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 13 May 2015 06:23:18 +0000
Re: Reply: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: SusannahSoilet
(But have family commitment here in Devon on the day.)

Susi Batstone]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 12 May 2015 20:46:06 +0000
Re: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: SusannahSoilet
Well done for getting this event together.

It may be too late as she has lots of calls on her time, but could you involve Rose George at all?

She can be reached through Twitter..]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 12 May 2015 20:44:22 +0000
Reply: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: SusannahClemence Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Sun, 10 May 2015 00:16:00 +0000 Re: 28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - by: nicolag
Thank you for highlighting this.

I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to our event for Menstrual Hygiene Day in Bristol - in fact, if you are already interested in this topic, we are also looking to extend our list of panelists for the event.

The primary issues for debate are:
- menstrual waste. A mountain in the making?
-homelessness, poverty and periods. How can you choose between sanitary pads and a hot meal?
-the period tax: why are we still taxed 5% VAT. Are tampons a luxury?

Our website has just gone live:
Please register for the event and film screening of 'Mentstrual Man' here:

We also have a facebook page here:

Please join us in Bristol on Thursday May 28th.

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 06 May 2015 08:24:28 +0000
28 May is MH Day - Let's end the hesitation around menstruation - And new Wikipedia article - by: inajurga
on 1st May the May Menstravaganza has started again, building momentum for MH Day this year!

MH Day this year is under the theme : Let's end the hesitation around menstruation.

How can you participate?

1. Become a partner
  • just write to us what you do on MHM and send you logo.

2. Social media :
  • Join the Twitterchat on 21st May 4 pm CET
  • Use our tweet sheet

3. Create an event

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 04 May 2015 15:04:30 +0000
Re: Sanitary Pad burner/incinierator design - by: jbr Thanks for your posts.

SEI's Global Review of Sanitation System Trends and Interactions with Menstrual Management Practice states: "Incineration releases dioxins and other noxious gases, causing respiratory illnesses, air pollution, and contributing to climate change."

A colleague recently shared the below article:

Has the subject of the dangers of burning non reusable MHM material been discussed on Susana?
Best regards,
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:38:59 +0000
Re: FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and Sanitation - by: awomansworthinc
I'm very late to this thread (new to the forums and site here) and realize this is from the last May28 day but want to chime in as I'm doing some FGM/C Menstruation surveying and work now. Currently doing key informant interviews and questionnaires on MHM practices and beliefs and Part 3 of our survey covers FGM in detail. I'm hoping to have this report wrapped up before this years May28 day. I'll be sure to post it here first. So far in the surveying we are hearing (and reading) several problems with menstruation due to FGM/C (including product use).]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:42:55 +0000
Re: MHM Practices & Beliefs Survey Ethiopia, Sierra Leone & Liberia - by: SusannahClemence Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:25:44 +0000 MHM Practices & Beliefs Survey Ethiopia, Sierra Leone & Liberia - by: awomansworthinc I'm new here and have been encouraged to make a first post. I am the Founder & ED of A Woman's Worth, Inc. We are currently (right now this very minute!) surveying on menstruation hygiene & practices in 3 countries; Ethiopia, Liberia & Sierra Leone. We will be publishing and making available to those in the WASH sector our full reports. As a fairly new and young organization I will be referencing these forums often. As early as next week we will have our fist survey back of 500 girls and women from 3 regions in Ethiopia and June 1st our first data from Sierra Leone comes in. If anyone would like to connect on this or has any valuable advice I certainly would love to read it. Thank you for approving my registration. I look forward to reading every single thread here.

Kimmy Cash-Fairbaugh
A Woman's Worth, Inc.]]>
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:27:57 +0000
Re: Finished Master Thesis in MHM - Re: Research of the effects of menstrual hygiene interventions on school attendance - - by: dannyogwo Am sorry for not sharing my experience as I was still testing the strategy that have been used in Ethiopia and properly there was no indicator for its measurement.
Training of school girls and community women in local sanitary pads production as a strategy of promoting and improving sustainable menstrual hygiene management.
While sewing this materials (sanitary pads), a rapport for open discussion between mother and girls child is initiated to improve the girls knowledge of reproductive health and menstruation.
peer educators trainer strategy: this give the school girls the opportunity to openly discuss menstruation with their peer while sewing and distributing the sanitary pads.

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:57:58 +0000
Re: Finished Master Thesis in MHM - Re: Research of the effects of menstrual hygiene interventions on school attendance - - by: muench
Congratulations on completing your Master Thesis on MHM! And I am so pleased that you took the approach of "sharing is caring" and have shared your final result, after we were able to follow some of your research progress here on the forum. Perfect!

I was just wondering about the title of your thesis:
"Dropping out of school because of Menstruation?"
Isn't it more about absenteeism (when the girls have their menstruation days each month), rather than dropping out completely? Dropping out completely might be more related to them being married off young, once they have their menstruation and are regarded as "adults" by some?

I saw your in your summary that you mentioned the girls' fear/hesitation to stand up in class to answer a question during their menstruation days (in case there is a stain on their skirt). I really feel for those girls. In Germany, the practice of having to stand up when you say something in class has been abandoned - unless it's about doing something at the blackboard or in front of the class; but not for a "normal" answer. This would help these girls...

Are you able to use your thesis work in your job that you are now pursuing after your degree?

And if you have some time in between jobs, how about weaving some of your knowledge into the relevant Wikipedia articles on menstruation topics? See here a related post I made a few days ago in the direction of WASH United:

Good luck with your next career moves!

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:50:08 +0000