Dear friends and colleagues,

in this edition of the MH Day newsletter, we want to share some exciting policy updates, event announcements and recent additions to the resource section of the MH Day website, along with some fantastic other news.
Enjoy reading!


Ina Jurga - International Coordinator MH Day, WASH United

MH Day Highlight Report
The Highlight Report provides an overview of what happened on MH Day 2017, including a selection of events and key metrics for online coverage and reach.
Download here (9 MB)
Policy updates
Nepal: The Nepalese Parliament has adopted a new law that criminalises the use of ‘menstrual huts’ (Chaupadi). While Nepal's Supreme Court had already banned the practice in 2005, the new law now provides a mechanism to enforce the ban.
More background here or here.

C) by Allison Shelley
Kenya: As per an amendment to the Basic Education Act that was signed into law in June, the Government of Kenya will “provide free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels to every girl child registered and enrolled in a public basic education institution who has reached puberty and provide a safe and environmentally sound mechanism for disposal of the sanitary towels”.
Botswana: In August, the parliament of Botswana adopted a motion regarding the provision of free sanitary pads to school girls as part of school supplies.
More here.

Scotland: Member of Scottish Parliament Monica Lennon has lodged a proposal for a Bill to ensure free access to sanitary products, including in schools, colleges and universities. You can support this effort to end #periodpoverty by participating in this survey.
Take action
Leading up to the Global Citizen Festival in New York on 23 September, Global Citizen and the MH Alliance have launched a MHM action calling on Norway and the state of Maharashtra to prioritize menstrual hygiene. Take action here.

Upcoming Events
Meet us at the World Water Week!
Ina Jurga and Thorsten Kiefer from WASH United will be at the World Water Week from 27 August to 1 September. If you are in Stockholm, we would love to meet up, so please get in touch!
New in the MHM resource section
These are some of the new documents and research papers we recently added into the resource section:
  • The results from Erdbeerwoche's survey among youth in Austria, which revealed the need for education and awarness on menstruation (German summary and infographic (see on the left
  • 1-pager comic about MHM in Spanish
  • Country MHM Briefs by PMA202
  • Cool videos (1, 2) from India produced for MH Day 2017
Other News and Announcements

Women Deliver Young Leaders Program

Women Deliver seeks 300 new Young Leaders for 2018. The award-winning Young Leaders program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence to actively shape programs and policies to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.
Young people between the ages of 15 and 28 from all countries are welcome to apply and can access the application here. The application closes on 13 October.

In Pakistan, MH Day 2017 was celebrated with a national sector-wide event organized through a fantastic collaborative effort by the MHM Coalition. Read more about it here.
The MHM Innovation Challenge recognized innovative ideas for tools, models and services around MHM. The inspiring ideas by the winners and runner-ups are compiled here.
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