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Lidwien Sol is an independent researcher from Maastricht University, collaborating with Simavi on the Ritu programme. Ritu, our menstrual health programme aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and social and economic participation of women and girls in the rural district of Netrokona, Bangladesh. Lidwien helped design the programme and publishes scientific articles to explain topics such as menstruation and the specific challenges that women face in accessing WASH. Lidwien also attended the Summer School in Development Economics in Prato (Italy) to give a lecture about the Ritu programme. We talked to Lidwien about her experiences and the context of her presentation.

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