Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

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Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

Hello everyone,

I would like to invite you to participate in my Master's thesis project on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH  programmes and practices. My primary aim is to identify the challenges and gaps of the current MHM in refugee settings and the need for a broader progressive and inclusive MHM in refugee camps in Greece.

As part of my research, I would like to conduct interviews with WASH practitioners at headquarter- and field-level. In particular, I would like to discuss the specific menstrual needs of the most vulnerable people in the refugee camps in Greece, including people with disabilities, orphans, and other people who menstruate (trans-men, non-binary people,...), and how these are placed at the centre of programmes and practices. Identifying the efforts to integrate a so-called intersectional approach into WASH interventions will contribute to develop recommendations for greater gender equality and inclusion in refugee camps and to "leave no one behind" in emergency response.

Ideally, I would conduct the interviews in March via Zoom, phone or email (about 30 minutes & in English).

In any case, I would appreciate your help and input to participate in an interview and support my research project. If you know other colleagues who would like to share their knowledge and experiences, please forward this message.

It is best to contact me via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the best,

Daphne
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Re: Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

Hi Daphne,

Welcome to the SuSanA discussion forum! Which university are you at, and is your research project embedded in a larger project?

How successful has your literature review been so far before embarking on interviewing experts (asking them for 30 minutes of their time is quite long...)? For example, have you seen this thread with interesting publications on this topic in the forum's sub-category on challenging environments?:
Menstrual hygiene management in humanitarian situations (publications)

I wish you all the best with your research! This discussion forum is a great place for students to share, learn and network. So you have come to the right place. :-) 

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Re: Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

Hi Elisabeth,

thank you for your message and for welcoming me to the forum. This forum has helped me a lot to get in touch with some experts who want to share their expertise with me. I am very happy about that and grateful for this opportunity!

I am currently a student of the European Master Programme in Environmental Science, studying at both the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. I am currently in Sweden working on my Master's thesis, which is an independent project and not part of anything bigger.
I have come across many interesting articles in my literature research, but have found little on an intersectional approach in the WASH sector in refugee camps, so I would like to focus my interviews on that. Through the interviews, I hope to gain new insights into the understanding and efforts of intersectionality in refugee camps in relation to menstrual needs. So, I am looking forward to working on this for the upcoming months. (:

Best wishes,

Daphne
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Re: Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

Hi Daphne,

I am just wondering if you could perhaps post the questions that you plan to ask in your interviews here. That way, more people might be inclined to put their hands up and agree to be interviewed. Also, I'd suggest to not limit it to Greece but make it for any refugee camp around the world. Or what would be specific to Greece? The only difference I can see to other refugee camps is perhaps that the camps are better equipped and "wealthier" given that Greece is a country in Europe. And that the refugees there are perhaps more transient, more likely to move on to other countries in Europe (Germany?) compared to some other refugee camps around the world.

You mentioned "transgender and other people who menstruate" which I find an interesting choice of words. I would be more used to "women and trans-men" (although am I right to assume that not all trans-men menstruate?). However, I also see the term "menstruator" used more and more, for example in the Palgrave handbook ( forum.susana.org/24-menstrual-hygiene-ma...-vulgar-or-unrefined ).

I am not yet sure what to think of that. Maybe it's a good thing as it frames menstruation as something that can be relevant to men as well (trans-men in this case). Or maybe it somehow takes away some "womanhood" from us, something that made us special. Or we just have to get used to it.
 
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Re: Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

Dear Elisabeth,

I appreciate your new inputs and feedback on my post. I agree with you that I should refer to trans-men (not all of them, of course), but also non-binary people, who might have a menstrual cycle. I changed that in my initial post! I try to use a gender-inclusive language in my thesis and interviews and follow the terms that are used in the Palgrave handbook like “people who menstruate” and “menstruators”, unless “women”, “girls”, “females” are relevant to my references.

I chose Greece as a research setting because it receives a lot of media attention concerning some overcrowded camps and unsafe conditions, including insufficient WASH infrastructure. Therefore, through the interviews, I hope to get first-hand experiences from humanitarian actors to understand why this is happening on European soil and to explore the multiple challenges they are currently facing, such as covid, governance issues, etc. I also chose Greece because of its unique environment and the fact that there are camps both on the mainland and islands, which differ in their conditions, environment, population, resources, etc. The refugee population in Greece is diverse; people have different nationalities, cultural and traditional beliefs, backgrounds, needs, etc. This makes the humanitarian perspective even more interesting to me to explore the challenges of addressing these different menstrual needs, practices, and aspirations while being aware of the local and infrastructural conditions. I assume that this is different in other countries and other contexts, so I only refer to Greece in my research.

Anyway, I have already had some very insightful interviews with some professionals and actors in the WASH sector, and I will finish my data collection in just a few days. Those who are still interested in the questions and topics that I am asking in my interviews are more than welcome to send me an email (see above).

I hope I could clarify my points a bit more.

Best,

Daphne
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Re: Invitation to participate in the research project: “Enhancing Menstrual Hygiene Management in refugee camps in Greece"

Thanks. Just wondering: are you able to post the questions that you plan to ask in your interviews here in this thread? This might help people make up their mind if they want to participate in your research or not. Secondly, if someone comes to this thread later, e.g. via a Google search, they can immediately see what the questions were. 
(I always advocate to anyone who is running a survey or wants to do interviews to reveal their questions also to those people who are not participating in the surveys or interviews.)

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