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 (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA) 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.
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: Megan White Mukuria, Zana Africa
Topic presenter 2: Lidwien Sol, Maastricht University/ Erasmus University (Ritu programme Bangladesh)
Audio recording: https://vimeo.com/272825204
Solutions to improve knowledge, practices and attitude
Date and time: 7 June, 12pm UTC* (8 am NYC, 2pm Berlin)
Description: Starting from a global discourse on menstruation, we will explore solutions to address limiting norms and values and barriers to knowledge and education. We will share different methodological approaches tailored for school-going girls and their teachers and discuss strategies for scaling vs. localized interventions.
Thematic presenter/moderator: Chris Bobel, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA / Ina Jurga, WASH United
Topic presenter 1: Nirmala Nair, WASH United
Topic presenter 2: Bosun Jang, Sesame Workshop
Audio recording: https://vimeo.com/273919486
Creating access to menstrual products
Date and time: 14 June, 14 UTC (!)
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
Topic presenter 1: Wonder Mafuta, World Vision (Somalia)
Topic presenter 2: Charu Agarwal, Dharma Life (India)
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 : Bella Monse, GIZ
Topic presenter 1: Hashim Khan, GIZ Pakistan
Topic presenter 2: Arundati Muralidharan, WaterAid India
Moderator: Thérèse Mahon, WaterAid
Audio recording: https://vimeo.com/276271838
Advocating for MH
Date: 11 July 2-3:30 UTC – Live broadcast from a side event at the HLPF, New York
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.
- Inga Winkler, Colombia University
- Irene Gai, WSSCC
- Mahbuba Kumkum, Simavi Bangladesh