The 3rd Annual Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools Virtual Conference
Wednesday 29 October 2014
The 3rd virtual MHM in WinS conference will build on the content and recommendations of the prior two conferences and continue the effort to fill in the gaps in the existing knowledge and advocacy around this important issue. The one-day conference will bring together academics and health, gender, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts from around the world currently implementing MHM-related activities.
- To share recent research findings that relate to various aspects of MHM in WinS
- To highlight school-based MHM program descriptions and their potential for scale
- To share recommendations about how new MHM programs can be developed by WinS practitioners
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Menstruation is a complex issues that involves not just the management of the menstrual period but the need to address societal beliefs and taboos supporting the issue.
Good menstrual hygiene requires:
- Access to information
- Access to menstrual hygiene materials
- Access to facilities that provide privacy for changing and washing
- Access to water and soap
- Access to disposal facilities
School girls and female teachers face many barriers to MHM in education settings including lack of adequate toilets or washing facilities. There is increasing recognition of the importance of exploring and addressing these barriers. WinS programmes are addressing adolescent girls’ needs in order to make a positive impact on girls’ school attendance and achievement.