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Published on: 20/03/2017

"Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue" is the topic of the thematic discussion organised by the SuSanA platform.

While nowadays MHM is gaining more and more attention, it has widely been neglected in the past. SDG4 (education), SDG5 (gender equality) and SDG6 (water and sanitation) require female friendly sanitation facilities and available informational materials at schools around the globe.

Taking into account the magnitude of the population affected by issues around MHM, schools provide an ideal environment to reach girls and young women and to address taboos and misconceptions in a culturally sensitive manner.

The question, however, is how to approach the topic in a culturally sensitive manner?

Running for two weeks from Monday March 27 to Sunday April 09 on the SuSanA online forum, the discussion will look at the following two areas:

Week 1: Breaking the taboo around MHM

Thematic Lead: Dr. Marni Sommer (Associate Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

Week 2: Infrastructural barriers and how to monitor MHM

Thematic Lead: Thérèse Mahon (Regional Programme Manager South Asia, WaterAid)

During the discussion, regular summaries of forum entries will be posted to keep you updated on our conversation.

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