Our co-founder and Executive Director, Danielle Keiser writes about how collaboration in menstrual health accelerates gender equality. Have something to add to the conversation? Contact us!
Although menstruation happens once a month, headlines about periods are happening almost daily. “Stigma Around Periods Should End. Period.” declares Human Rights Watch after yet another woman practicing traditional menstrual seclusion in Nepal was found dead in her menstrual hut.
“Hey: Just Have the Period Sex” suggests Cosmopolitan now that menstrual discs can help prevent messy intercourse. Even Breitbart reports that the Tampon Tax “poses an unfair burden on women for something [they] don’t control.”
I think there’s something more powerful and exciting going on.
On the road towards gender equality
Through research, innovation, activism and policy, we are making incredible progress, even if it seems like funders and politicians are ignoring us. Whether it’s a new study comparing schoolgirls’ experiences of different menstrual absorbents or a beautifully scientific app that gives people a way to track and discover the unique patterns in their cycle, we as a global citizenry are at last accounting for this core reality of almost all women and girls’ lives. Finally!
A rise in attention focused on menstruation and sexual and reproductive health generally is a sign that our efforts are gaining traction. YES! Despite the current US-led political attack on women’s rights and health globally, we must fight for our rights to our own health and remain committed to moving forward – not backward – on this long path towards gender equality.
However, as an insightful new report suggests, most efforts around menstruation are progressing in silos rather than in coordination, missing the opportunity to forge a true, constructive, and impactful movement beyond social media and awareness-raising.
This is our ‘why’
We recognise our sector is nascent, but fractured. Menstrual health is more than just hygiene management. We’re seeing work to empower menstruators happening in policy, we’re seeing it in education, innovation and research. But, we’re not seeing these efforts overlap.
That’s where the Menstrual Health Hub comes in. To help this sector reach its full potential, we need more collaboration, which will boost our efforts and accelerate our journey towards gender equality. We’re here to bridge cross-sector efforts, streamline reliable information, and establish a sound evidence base around menstrual health.