There is a growing interest in the development sector on menstrual hygiene (MH), and more organisations are working on this issue. WASH United, World Vision, GIZ and Simavi are launching a webinar series focusing on menstrual hygiene as an activity under the MH Alliance.
This five-part, weekly webinar series will launch the week of 28 May (Menstrual Hygiene Day), with a different topic each week. This series aims to touch on many of the complex aspects of MH, including evidence, knowledge, menstrual products, infrastructure and policy. Below is a summary of the objectives, deliverables, outline and topics for these webinars.
To document and promote learning and connection between menstrual hygiene practitioners and interested professionals from different sectors, with a specific aim to refine and advance the global MH agenda.
More specifically, we hope to:
- Building a global MH movement
- Creating a community of practice on MH
- Providing a platform for sharing and learning on MH
- Giving NGOs in the global south a platform to share and learn
After each webinar, a one-page learning document will be produced noting key points discussed, questions for further discussion, resources highlighted, and action items identified. Learning and exchange will be consolidated and shared, such as in upcoming forums like the High-level Political Forum, as well via MH Day website and newsletter.
Each 60 minute webinar will follow roughly the same outline:
- Introduction and welcome (5 minutes)
- Thematic presenter (10 minutes)
- Topic presenter 1 (10 minutes)
- Topic presenter 2 (10 minutes)
- Discussant reflections (5 minutes)
- Guided group discussion around core question (20 minutes)
The webinar will take place every Thursday 1 pm GMT starting on 31 May 2018. It is free-of-charge and open to all interested professionals and individuals from all sectors. These webinars will be recorded and posted online for future access. Post-webinar discussion will take place on the SuSanA platform.
- Webinar 1 (31 May): Menstrual hygiene: the issue, evidence and gaps
- Webinar 2 (7 June): Solutions to improve knowledge, practices and attitude
- Webinar 3 (14 June): Creating access to menstrual products
- Webinar 4 (21 June): Infrastructure solutions for MH
- Webinar 5 (11/12 July): Advocating for MH
Webinar 1: Menstrual hygiene: the issue, evidence and gaps
- Date and time: 31 May, 12 UCT
- Webinar host: Simavi and World Vision
- Thematic presenters/moderators: Marni Sommer, Columbia University
- Objective: Participants learn about key opportunities and gaps regarding menstrual hygiene globally, particularly menstrual health as a cross-cutting theme. Furthermore, participants will be inspired to apply evidence informed programming in MH to ensure maximum impact.
- Description: Discuss the current state of MHM on the global stage – the issue, current evidence and existing gaps. We will discuss evidence-informed programming for MH, and what is important to take into account. We will share examples of evidence-based programmes and rigorous evaluation of MH programmes.
- Core question: What is the current state of MHM, what have we learned, and where is innovation most needed? How to ensure maximum impact in MH programmes? Where is more evidence needed?
- Additional topic: WASH United will give a short update on MH Day.
Webinar 2: Solutions to improve knowledge, practices and attitude
- Date: 7 June 2018, 12 UCT
- Webinar host: WASH United
- Thematic presenter/moderator: Chris Bobel, Society for Menstruation Research
- Objective: Explore taboos and other barriers to knowledge on menstruation in different countries and the impact of this women and girls. From there, collect critical insights to consider when planning and delivering educational and awareness programmes.
- Description: Starting from a global discourse on menstruation, we will discuss taboos surrounding menstruation in different parts of the world. Following this, we will explore solutions to address limiting norms and values and barriers to knowledge and education. We will share different methodological approaches tailored for different target audiences (school-going girls, out of school; women, people with disabilities, at workplace; etc.) and discuss strategies for scaling vs. localized interventions.
- Core questions: What are key success factors to address myths, taboos and the lack of knowledge on menstruation. How to create lasting knowledge, attitude and practice change among the target audience?
Webinar 3: Creating access to menstrual products
- Date: 14 June 2018, time tbc
- Webinar host: World Vision and WASH United
- Thematic presenter/moderator: tbc
- Objective: Go beyond supply driven solutions and explore sustainable solutions for menstrual products that meet women’s different needs.
- Description: Starting from the different needs and expectations of women and girls regarding menstrual products in different countries, we will explore gaps in access to these products. We will explore examples of sustainable market-based distribution systems and (sustainable) locally produced products.
- Core question: How to ensure needs driven access to high quality and affordable menstrual products on small and larger scale?
Webinar 4: Infrastructure solutions for MH
- Date: 21 June 2018, 1pm UCT
- Webinar host: GIZ and SuSanA
- Thematic presenter/moderator: Bella Monse, GIZ
- Objective: Explore barriers in access to WASH facilities for women and girls during their menstruation and collect insights on experiences and standardization of WASH infrastructure and disposal for institutional settings.
- Description: Starting from the specific needs of women and girls regarding WASH facilities, especially during their menstruation, we will share good practices in terms of WASH infrastructural design and disposal at institutional level, with a focus on female-friendly design. We will also explore how the SDG WASH in Schools monitoring framework addresses MHM infrastructure indirectly in the core indicators and directly in the expanded indicators.
- Core question: What are the specific barriers that women and girls face during their menstruation regarding WASH? How to new WASH infrastructure or upgrade/adjust alreay existing WASH facilities that meet the specific needs of women and girls in different contexts, and assure safe disposal for menstrual products?
Webinar 5: Advocating for MH
- Date: 11/12 July – side event at the HLPF, New York (live broadcast)
- Webinar host: Simavi, co-host: WSSCC
- Thematic presenter/moderator: tbc
- Facilitator: Hilda Alberda, Simavi
- Objective: Increase visibility and prioritisation for MH at the HLPF and in global and national level policy, programming and advocacy.
- Description: The final webinar will discuss relevance and opportunities to advocate for MH. We will explore how to link international advocacy across sectors as well as how to link national advocacy to advocacy on a global level. We will share some good practices on advocacy on national level and identify opportunities to work together.
- Core question: What are opportunities to advocate for MH on global level? How to advocate for change on MH on national level? How can we increase collaboration on global level advocacy for MH.