Draft paper open for comments and suggestions.
Development practitioners work in spaces where human rights are highly relevant, and they often adopt human rights language. To use human rights language most effectively in advocacy and programming, it is helpful — maybe even necessary — to understand the legal framework behind the words and how development practitioners fit within it.
This paper seeks to set out how the biological fact of menstruation, the necessity of managing menstruation, and society’s response to them both is linked with women’s and girls’ human rights and gender equality. It explains how the realisation of certain human rights can enable women and girls to manage their menstrual hygiene adequately, with normalcy and in dignity. It also provides examples of the negative impacts on the enjoyment of human rights and gender equality when women and girls face difficulties with managing their menstruation.
This draft paper is open for comments and suggestions. It is primarily intended for development practitioners who work directly or indirectly on MHM. We hope that many practitioners interested in MH Day will contribute their comments and suggestions!
Hannah Neumeyer, WASH United firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Klasing, Human Rights Watch email@example.com