MH-Alliance vision

Breaking the silence

All women and girls are empowered to fully and equally participate in society and live a healthy and productive life

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Menstruation is a natural and essential part of the reproductive cycle. However, in most parts of the world it remains a taboo subject that is rarely talked about. We talked to Pim van der Male, Senior Policy Officer WASH at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, about this topic. What are his thought about menstrual hygiene management?

By 2030, the MH Alliance will turn menstruation into a normal fact of life. We will enable every woman and girl to manage her menstruation hygienically, with confidence, with dignity and without stigma.
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Hilda Alberda is one of Simavi’s Senior SRHR Programme Officers and an expert on Menstrual Hygiene Management. In 2016, she was invited by Léo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, to take part in an expert consultation on ‘Gender equality in the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation’. Together with a group of experts, Hilda discussed topics such as menstruation, specific challenges that women face in accessing WASH, and how to combat gender-based violence related to water and sanitation – in short, a lot of issues close to Simavi’s heart.

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Menstruation is a natural and essential part of the reproductive cycle – on average, a woman spends seven years of her life menstruating. Therefore, MHM is an important aspect of sexual and reproductive health.

Making Periods Normal

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