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Dear all,
 
It has been a busy few months for all of us. This issue of the Periodical therefore includes lots of updates, new resources and information on past and upcoming events.
Let’s dive right in!
 


Ina Jurga
International Coordinator MH Day / WASH United

info@menstrualhygieneday.org
NEWS

New resolution on MHM
In July, the Human Rights Council, the key inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe, adopted a resolution on menstrual hygiene management, human rights and gender equality (A/HRC/RES/47/4). While MHM has been a topic in resolutions on the human rights to water and sanitation before, this is the first time a resolution was adopted specifically on MHM. The resolution, which was brought forward by Cameroon, was adopted by consensus, meaning that all member states of the Human Rights Council agreed to it. It was also explicitly backed by 39 states who signed up to it as co-sponsors.
If your country currently is a member of the Human Rights Council or one of the 39 co-sponsors*, you can use the resolution in national level advocacy to demand more action from governments on the topic. 

*The resolution was co-sponsored by the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Monaco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Yemen.
If you are interested in the issue, please note that we’re planning a webinar on MHM and human rights in early 2022. Date and time will follow later this year.
Period Poverty
We would also like to highlight the following recent, very impactful and insightful reports.
Australia: Share the Dignity completed a “bloody big survey” with responses from more than 125,000 Australians! https://www.sharethedignity.org.au/blog/period-pride-report-bloody-big-survey-findings
France: Règles Elementairs' research on period poverty in France (in French) with a foreword by Minister Élisabeth Moreno and supermodel Natalia Vodianova.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d9guON13dumwq_0zT2LHqGZDo5W9OXYi/view
Canada: United Way published their Period Promise research project final report. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021SDPR0021-000426
These reports show that period poverty is an issue for people who menstruate in high-income countries (see also the research report by Dani Barrington in the next section). If you have similar reports and studies available for your country or region, please share them with us!
The Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub) re-launch
On 22nd September, the MH Hub by Madamí re-launched their networking and knowledge platform. Visit https://mhhub.org/ and sign up!
 
NEW RESOURCES
RHSC: Menstrual product standards - A pathway to quality product access.
Database of standards:  https://bit.ly/3m13MJu
Re-watch the related webinar:  https://youtu.be/vTIu5VK2h8g
Man Global Health and RHSC: Landscaping supply side factors to menstrual health access.
Report:
https://bit.ly/3oadZpH
Re-watch the related webinar: https://youtu.be/h1GA-xnHL90
UNICEF (2022): Menstrual health & hygiene for girls and women with disabilities - This guidance note is available in several languages including Braille. https://www.unicef.org/documents/menstrual-health-hygiene-girls-and-women-disabilities
Peer-reviewed research papers:

Since the launch in early September, we have received positive feedback on the MHM Education Guide, with many organisations signing up to use it in their projects educating girls on MHM. If you have not yet been to our website, check it out today to learn more about the Guide, its key features and whether it is a fit for your MHM work: https://wash-united.org/mhm-guide/mhm-guide.html
PAST & UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming events
International Day of the Girl Child (11 October): 
add your voice to advocate for period-friendly schools!

We want to use the opportunity to call for action and investment in period-friendly schools. To make it easy for you to join the action, we will provide you with a set of free ready-to-use campaign materials that you can use to add your voice on your social media channels.
Watch out for the upcoming special newsletter!
Past events
So many great events happened over the last few weeks! In case you missed them, below is a selection of past webinar recordings and summaries that you can still check out.
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