UNFPA and partners are to hold the first-ever, potentially life-changing meeting on managing menstrual health for women and girls in the East and Southern Africa  in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28 to 29 May. A youth scholarship has been launched  to sponsor ten young people who are looking for a platform to showcase their creative solutions to menstrual health management challenges in the region at the symposium.

More info: http://esaro.unfpa.org/en/news/ground-breaking-menstrual-health-symposium-will-be-first-region

Strengthening commitment to menstrual health management

UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) and partners are to convene the first regional symposium on menstrual health and management.

The purpose is to strengthen commitment and build on the latest evidence base, to move from research to action, and to demonstrate innovative, sustainable and scalable models to address the needs of adolescent girls and women.

The expected outcomes of the symposium are as follows:

  • Strengthened policy, programme and financial commitment and consensus among partners on programmatic priorities to address key barriers and challenges related to menstrual health and management in Africa;
  • Launch of a regional coalition on menstrual health and management;
  • Agreement to convene a regional menstrual health and management symposium every two years to report on progress against commitments;
  • A technical report with all proceedings and summary of conclusions and recommendations for strengthened menstrual health and management in Africa.

Youth Scholarship

UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) and SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) is calling for applications from young people who seek to showcase their creative solutions to menstrual health management challenges in Africa. We will sponsor 10 young people to attend the first East and Southern Africa Menstrual Health Management Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 28 and 29 May 2018. You will have a high-level platform and regional exposure for your solution(s).

Young people, especially adolescent  girls and young women, working with youth-led organizations, movements, initiatives and networks are highly encouraged to apply.

In order to participate in the East and Southern Africa Menstrual Health Management Symposium, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • You must be aged between 18 to 35 years old.
  • You must be able to demonstrate work/volunteer experience on issues related to menstrual health and management as community leaders, social entrepreneurs or advocates.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • You must be based in East and Southern Africa.
  • You must be available to travel to South Africa from 27 to 30 May 2018.

All applications must be received by 10 April 2018 and send to Cleopatra Okumu at menstrual-health-symposium@unfpa.org

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