Menstrual Health & Hygiene Web-Dialogues 2019 - 2020
Together with the Menstrual Health Alliance India and other forthcoming partners, we are hosting a web – dialogue series for 2019/2020. The objectives of the web-dialogues are meaningful exchange among experts and have sufficient time for audience participation and contributions in the discussions.
We have a few more web-dialogues planned for 2020,such as on menstrual product standards and disposal, and we will update this website accordingly.
3-part Webinar on Standards for Menstrual Products
Traditional practices in low- and middle-income countries have seen the use of materials like cloth, hay and ash as absorbents. More recently, this need has been served by consumer products – disposable sanitary pads and tampons. Over the last few years, these products have evolved to offer increased absorbency and comfort to users. Innovations like the menstrual cup (made of medical-grade silicone) and the reusable cloth pad (made of natural and synthetic fabrics), have also become mainstream and now offer increased choice to women. However, true informed choice requires that products meet certain benchmarks of safety and performance. To this end, various manufacturers, civil society organisations and advocacy groups have been working on national and global standards for menstrual products.
The following web-dialogues will take an in-depth look at the development of standards for disposable sanitary pads, reusable sanitary pads and menstrual cups across different country settings in Asia and Africa and globally respectively.
26th February 7:30am EST (1:30pm CET / 6:00pm IST) – Topic: Disposable Sanitary Pads
17th March (TBC) – Topic: Reusable Sanitary Pads
16th April (TBC) – Topic: Menstrual Cups
It will be co-hosted by the Menstrual Health Alliance of India, the African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management, WASH United (MH Day) and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.
1st web-dialogue on Action for MH Education – Focus India
Tanya Dargan from Development Solution will highlight the key findings from the IEC review , and then opens out the discussion. The discussants will include Alka Malhotra (UNICEF), Ina Jurga (WASH United), Lakshmi Murthy (Jatan Sansthan), Nirmala Nair (Kaboom) and others. This is followed by questions and discussion with the webinar participants.
The end will be to summarize recommendations emerging from the IEC review as well as the webinar discussions.
2nd web-dialogue on Scrap The Tax – Low and Middle-income Country Perspectives.
14th January 2020
The web dialogue shared insights from menstrual product tax reduction and removal in low- and middle-income countries and offer advice to those planning future campaigns.
WASH United presented the global research on scrapping taxes and its impact on the retail prices of menstrual products; an international tax expert will provide more background into different aspects of taxation; campaigners from Africa and Asia (WaterAid India, WaterAid Tanzania, WaterAid Bangladesh, Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe) shared their experiences and lessons they have learned; and representatives from the private sector (Kasha, Aakar Innovations) offered their perspectives. If you have further interest in the Period Tax movement, you may want to also watch the webinar of the Period Posse on #tampontax policy changes in US and UK from October 2019.