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In January this year, Charlotte Luijendijk graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy. She started her graduation project with researching social inequalities, with a focus on menstruation. Her research shows that female characteristics in our society are considered less valuable and one of those features menstruation. It is often not appreciated when women talk about their period. The taboo that rests on menstruation makes women feel ashamed. With this project, Charlotte hopes to contribute to ending the silence around menstruation, so that the discrimination associated with it stops and social equality is promoted. Therefore, she wants to use her work to create awareness about these issues and to raise money for Simavi and its investments in menstrual hygiene programs. We have added some of Charlottes work below as reference and these photos will be the basis of the exhibition.

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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.