Dear partners,
Welcome to the winter edition of The Periodical – our comprehensive update on events, policy updates, announcements and resources from the last couple of months.
Menstrual Health and Hygiene Webinar Dialogue Series 2019/20
In collaboration with the MH Alliance India and partners we are starting a monthly webinar dialogue series this December that will continue into the new year. Our aim is to foster meaningful exchange among experts and have sufficient time for audience participation and contributions in the discussions.
'Action for MH Education India' – 3rd December 12:30 CET (17:00 IST) 
In our first webinar, Tanya Dargan from Development Solution will highlight the key findings from the IEC review before opening the discussion to experts including Alka Malhotra (UNICEF), Ina Jurga (WASH United), Lakshmi Murthy (Jatan Sansthan), Nirmala Nair (Kaboom) and others. There will be sufficient time for questions and comments from webinar participants, and we will finish the webinar with key recommendations from the IEC review and our discussion.
Register Here
'Scrap The Tax: Low- and Middle-Income Country Perspectives' – 14th January 12:30 CET (17:00 IST)
Following the Period Posse’s fantastic October webinar on tampon tax policy changes in the USA and UK, we will share successes from campaigns for the reduction or removal of taxes on menstrual products in low- and middle-income countries such as India and sub-Saharan Africa, and we will discuss some of the challenges encountered in regards to lowering consumer prices.
Register Here
More webinar dialogues are planned for 2020 on topics including menstrual product standards and disposal. Stay tuned for updates!
We Won the POWER, TOGETHER Award Together with Many Partners
The Reykjavík Global Forum presents the award to outstanding initiatives in which people join forces to effect great change. In 2019 the Forum recognises the Nobel Women's Initiative and organisations that seek to end period poverty.
We are proud to be among the 25 organisations awarded with the POWER, TOGETHER Award at the 2019 Reykjavík Global Forum. Many of the selected organisations are our partners, so we’re so grateful to receive this award with them.  
This award will also be dedicated to YOU, because without you the movement would not be as powerful as it is.
Policy Updates
Kenya: MHM Policy Approved
On 21st November the cabinet of Kenya approved a number of policies focused on boosting the country's economy. Among them, the National Menstrual Hygiene Management Policy was discussed and approved (finally!) It is aimed at scaling up the management of menstrual hygiene in the country and highlights MHM as a rights issue. This policy brings MHM into the mainstream of Kenya's health and development agenda by considering the social, economic, cultural and demographic contexts of women and girls. Read more.
Zimbabwe: Rural Female Learners to get Free Sanitary Pads
Minister of Finance and Economic Development Prof. Mthuli Ncube announced that the Zimbabwean government has set aside a $200 million provision for the supply of sanitary products for rural female learners in the 2020 budget. Minister Ncube also announced that the government has exempted imports of sanitary products from customs duty and VAT for one year with the aim of reducing costs. Read more.
Germany: VAT on Menstrual Products Reduced
While the German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz announced his support in September, the parliament approved in November that from January 1st 2020 the government will reduce the tax on menstrual products from 19% to a reduced rate of 7%. This 7% rate is applied to products categorised as ‘necessary for everyday life’ in German tax law. Read more.
Meanwhile in Italy,
parliamentarians and activists enjoyed some success as the Italian government released an amendment made to the fiscal decree (it previously rejected it) proposing a tax cut on sanitary products from 22% to 10%. So there is hope for the ongoing fiscal discussions. Keep an eye on it and read more here.
Periods Making Headlines
During recent weeks we have seen some advertisements and campaign videos that sparked applause and – in some cases – lively discussion.
Finally, we’re glad to say ‘hello’ to the period emoji – it’s you we were looking for!
Resources and Top Reads
Upcoming Events
Commission on the Status of Women
9th-20th March 2020
New York, USA
Generation Equality

7th-8th May 2020
Mexico City, Mexico
International Workshop on Dignified Menstruation
26th-28th May 2020
Kathmandu, Nepal
The Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation is organising a conference to bring together all stakeholders working on gender equality, human rights, SDGs and more to work collectively for dignified menstruation and to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day. The programme is still in development but the conference aims include developing a unified understanding on dignified menstruation, formulating strategies on various aspects of it at regional and global levels, and to mobilise human and financial resources to address issues associated with menstruation in the global south. Read more.
We hope you enjoyed reading this edition of The Periodical! It’s been a busy six months since MH Day!

Best wishes,

Ina Jurga, MH Day Secretariat / WASH United
If you have questions, suggestions or any other information to share, please contact us anytime!
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