Conferences, events and observances calendar

Stay informed about upcoming conferences, events and trainings that are relevant to MHM. We also include other commenoration days, that might provide an opportunity for MHM awareness and advocacy.

Do you know of any global or national events, conferences or trainings related to MHM?  If so, let us know by contributing to the global and local event calendar.


Break the Barriers: Periods, taboos, education and poverty – what’s happening in the UK?
/ 14 Oct / Leeds, UK

Plan UK, Freedom4Girls and No More Taboo have joined forces to start taking action on menstruation and will hold an event this Saturday in Leeds where the ‘Period Poverty’ story began . The event will address what’s happened since the ‘Period Poverty’ story, what needs to change and how we can all work together to make those changes.

MHM Virtual Conference / 17 October / Streaming online

The 6th Annual Virtual Conference on MHM in Schools, co-hosted by UNICEF and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, provides an opportunity to hear the latest research and programming from around the world.  This year’s theme “MHM and WASH: Supporting a gender-responsive learning environment” aims to highlight national examples of supportive WASH in schools enabling environments that ensure that schools are ready for girls.

‘Launch & learn’ event introducing the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in emergencies toolkit / 23 Oct / London, UK
The event will launch a new, multi-sectoral MHM in emergencies resource that was developed with valuable expertise and insights from a range of global humanitarian actors. The development of the resource was led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Columbia University, and was co-published by 25 leading humanitarian organisations.

11th World Congress on Adolescent Health / 27-29 October / New Delhi, India
Hosted by the International Association for Adolescent Health, this years  will be held in India under the theme “investing in adolescent health – the time is now”. The country is the prefect backdrop: it has the world’s largest population of adolescents. The Congress will combine clinical and public health perspectives, and present new approaches and best practices that can contribute to accelerated action for adolescent health and rights, both globally and with specific reference to India and the sub-region.

PERIODCON / 18 November / New York, USA
The world’s first youth activism conference about menstruation organized by

World Toilet Day
While this years’ theme is wastewater, it might be still a great occasion to raise awareness on the importance of adequate, private, clean toilets for everyone and especially for women and girls.

Annual WINS Learning Exchange WASH in Schools, Myanmar
The Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Government of Myanmar (GoM), with support from UNICEF, GIZ and Water Aid will host the 6th WASH in Schools (WinS) International Learning Exchange (ILE) from November 27 to December 1, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw. The WASH in Schools ILE in Myanmar, is an opportunity to review countries commitments to WinS and continue to build regional learning and partnerships.


Menstruation Symposium / University of St. Andrews,  Scotland
This one-day symposium will gather scholars, activists, and policy workers to discuss and share their work in menstruation in and about Scotland.  Contact:

International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is celebrated since 1909 and is now an imporant observance in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

8th World Water Forum / 18-23 March / Brasilia, Brazil
The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council. It is largely water and industry focussed but might offer space to adress MHM in regards to gender & health aspects.

7th South Asia Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN 7) /  Jan-Feb 2018 (date tbd) / Pakistan
The South Asian Conference on Sanitation is a largely government led meeting, involving government decision makers and delegations from all over South Asia. Debates at the conference have the potential to impact national policy and practice with governments making commitments through a signed declaration. As such, it provides a good opportunity for national and regional level lobbying.

Menstrual Hygiene Day
Looking forward to celebrate MH Day in 2018.