Introduction to Commit to MHH: Action and Investment


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Introduction to Commit to MHH: Action and Investment

More than 1.9 billion people menstruate worldwide. No matter which field you work in, MHH plays a role for your staff, partners and target groups. A commitment to MHH in your project does not need to be a major component, even small changes can be a first step, such as including MHH awareness in regular training or creating a period-friendly environment for your staff. Here are some big and small examples of how MHH has been integrated into different programmes and working environments. 
Key Components of a Period-Friendly Toilet 
Period-friendly toilets are essential in ensuring the safety, privacy, and hygiene of women and girls. These facilities must be designed with key features in mind, such as gender-segregation, functional lighting, lockable doors, handwashing facilities with water and soap, and covered bins for menstrual waste disposal. Additionally, these toilets should be accessible and affordable to all, including those with disabilities or limited financial resources. 
Improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools is essential for enabling girls to manage menstruation appropriately and ensuring that it does not become a barrier to their education. By prioritizing the design and maintenance of period-friendly toilets and promoting the importance of menstrual hygiene management, we can create safer, more inclusive, and equitable spaces for all. 
Empower Girls with the free MHM Education Guide 
WASH United, 2018 
For girls to manage their periods safely, hygienically and without shame, they need a basic understanding of what menstruation is and how to handle it. Unfortunately, millions of girls lack access to even minimal information on menstruation. 
WASH United’s MHM Education Guide, developed together with girls and teachers, is a compact, easy-to-use, and low-cost solution. It is available for free in more than 
20 languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Amharic, Kiswhahili, Hindi and many more Indian languages. 
Priority List of Indicators for Girls’ Menstrual Health and Hygiene  
Technical Guidance for National Monitoring 
Global MHH Monitoring Group, Columbia University New York, 2022 
Adequate and validated indicators are essential for tracking progress on addressing menstrual health and hygiene as an important health, education, gender equality, 
and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issue. Monitor your menstrual health and hygiene using activities based on priority indicators and measures for advancing girls' menstrual health and hygiene to support national and global monitoring. 
Period Positive Workplaces 
Period positive workplaces can increase employee productivity and reduce absenteeism for people who menstruate. Organizations become stronger and more inclusive by providing for menstrual needs. Join organizations around the world to become a Period Positive Workplace and receive complimentary certification by applying here. 
Free menstrual products in workplaces, schools, universities, and other public institutions 
Free toilet paper, soap, and seat covers are provided in public restrooms, but menstrual products are often overlooked. Together, we can normalize freely accessible 
tampons and pads. More and more companies, universities, and municipalities recognize the importance of providing free menstrual products to support health and well-being 
and break down stigmas. Scotland and Kenya have made progress in providing free period products. By sharing success stories and advocating for menstrual equity, we can ensure that menstrual products are accessible to all who need them. 

Posted by a member of the SuSanA secretariat held by the GIZ Sector Program Water Policy – Innovations for Resilience
Located at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Bonn, Germany
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