WASH United, Simavi, World Vision and GIZ are launching a webinar series on menstrual hygiene as an activity under the MH Alliance. The webinars will take place every Thursday starting on 31 May 2018. The topic of each webinar will be introduced by an expert such as Marni Sommer (Columbia University) and Chris Bobel (The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research) and followed by presentations from organisations working in Asia and Africa.

Overall objective: 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

Registration: To join the webinars or receive more information, you can register here: http://bit.ly/mhws-register  

Deliverables: 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.

Outline: 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)

The webinars are 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 in the SuSanA Forum.

 


Webinar 1  

Menstrual hygiene: the issue, evidence and gaps

Date and time: 31 May, 12pm UTC* (8 am NYC, 2pm Berlin)

 

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.

Thematic presenter /moderator: Marni Sommer, Columbia University / Kristie Urich, WorldVision
Topic presenter 1: Zana Africa
Topic presenter 2:
Lidwien Sol, Maastricht University/ Erasmus University (Ritu programme Bangladesh)


Webinar 2  

Solutions to improve knowledge, practices and attitude

Date and time: 7 June, 12pm UTC* (8 am NYC, 2pm Berlin)


 

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.

Thematic presenter/moderator: Chris Bobel, The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research / Ina Jurga, WASH United
Topic presenter 1: Nirmala Nair, WASH United
Topic presenter 2: Bosun Jang, Sesamestreet


Webinar 3  

Creating access to menstrual products

Date and time: 14 June, time (tbc)

 

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.

Thematic presenters/moderators: Nancy Mueller, Path


Webinar 4:

Infrastructure solutions for MH
Date: 21 June 2018, 12pm UTC* (8 am NYC, 2pm Berlin)

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.

Thematic presenter /moderator: Bella Monse, GIZ / Thérèse Mahon, WaterAid (tbc)
Topic presenter 1: Sanitation for Million; Pakistan (GIZ)
Topic presenter 2: WaterAid


Webinar 5:

Advocating for MH

Date: 11/12 July – side event at the HLPF, New York (live broadcast)

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.

Thematic presenters/moderators:  Hilda Alberda, Simavi


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