Global Networks, Coalitions & Alliances
Grand MHM Collective
This serves as a platform to connect diverse interests, commitment and expertise to scale up MHM programming. Cognisant of the fact that several large organizations are already working on various components, integrating MHM into existing programs in line with organizational visions and focus areas in WASH, sexual and reproductive health rights, education, gender. However, there is a gap in the MHM architecture to ensure interconnectivity of the diverse knowledge and expertise. Moreover, there is a need to create and strengthen a clearinghouse for learning around MHM from all key partners.
Core Partners: WSSCC, WaterAid, UNFPA, Menstrual Health Hub, WASH United, SIMAVI, and Leading Academics on MHM.
Their purpose is to bring together a diversity of partners and mobilize their collective strengths to increase access to a full range of affordable, quality reproductive health supplies in low- and middle-income countries. Coalition members include institutions from across the “total market” for reproductive health supplies. At 484 members, membership includes multilateral and bilateral organizations, private foundations, low- and middle-income country governments, civil society, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Membership is open to any interested organization with a significant programmatic and/or financial stake in reproductive health supply security and a commitment to the Coalition’s vision, strategic goals, and core values.
Wins4Girls was implemented by UNICEF through global, regional and country-level partnerships. The aim was to use formative research to support evidence-based policies and interventions that could be taken to scale through education systems.
UNICEF formed partnerships at multiple levels: global partners include Emory University and Colombia University; country partners include governments, civil society and academia. The project brought together different sections of UNICEF’s Programme Division and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative as well.
The MH Alliance brings together governments, NGOs, the private sector and development partners across different sectors (including WASH, SRHR, education and gender) to work together to catalyze progress on MHM globally. Our draft Theory of Change (ToC) explains how we intend to achieve our goal of making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030. The MH Alliance is initiated by WASH United and Simavi, in partnership with Global Citizen.
The project contributes to the follow-up of the European Union’s Gender Action Plan: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The EU aims at a world where the rights of girls and women are claimed, valued and respected by all. Thus, the project aims to re-educate our societies about menstruation and re-frame its purpose for women to be women without any stigma or discrimination. The project seeks to challenge issues around menstruation in parts where women have neither access to basic facilities, nor afford sanitary menstrual products, besides the fact that they know very little about menstrual hygiene. Moreover, in these parts, early marriage is encouraged by cultures as puberty is considered as a time of transition to adulthood.
PEN-Consortium consists of 12 youth-based organizations from 12 countries, combining experiences of health psychologists, health sociologists, pedagogues and youth workers to challenge stigma and taboos around period and shape menstrual health education: Terram Pacis . Ensino E Investigacao E Administracao, Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu I Nauk O Zdrowiu, European Institute For Local Development, Erasmus Mundus Students And Alumni Association, Asoc. De Innovación Emprendimiento Y Tecnologías, Samahan Pilipina Para Sa Reporma At Kaunlaran, Hello Youth Örkelljunga, Society For Menstrual Cycle Research, Volunteer Action For Change Kenya, Uganda Youth Skills Training Organization and Disha International Foundation Trust.
The Menstrual Health and Gender Justice working group seeks to further the nascent field of menstrual studies. Funded through the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University as a part of the Women Creating Change series, this group puts particular emphasis on critically evaluating the current state of research, advocacy and programming, with interest in examining whose voices are being represented in the field, which actors shape the dominant narrative, whose voices are marginalized, what the gaps are, and how interdisciplinary collaboration might help remedy some of these gaps.
Regional Networks, Coalitions & Alliances
EU and UK
The mission of WEN is to make the connections between women’s health and well-being and environmental issues. They want to inspire women to make environmentally informed choices. They aim to empower women to become agents of change in their families, networks, and society, and to participate equally in an environmentally sustainable future.
Let’s Talk. Period is a new project committed to ending period poverty in England, which we’ll be delivering with Brook, the young people’s sexual health and wellbeing charity, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Let’s Talk. Period is a project that aims to tackle the ‘Toxic Trio’ and fight period poverty in England. The project will:
- Pilot the P-Card Scheme in seven locations in England, ensuring those in need to receive products, education, and training.
- Bring together the network of organizations and professionals who are seeking solutions to period poverty
- Deliver the Period Poverty Grant scheme to support smaller organizations to tackle period poverty.
- Make sure young people have a voice when it comes to period poverty.
Dr Carrie Purcell, Dr Sarah Zipp, Lara Owen, Bee Hughes, Professor Kate Sang, Professor Bettina Bildhauer Dr Kay Standing, Emily Stewart, Dr Pamela Warner, Esther Rosewarne, Celia Hodson, Dr Victoria Newton, Marisa Carnesky
‘Stop the taboo: Period’ Research Consortium
This interdisciplinary consortium consists of researchers and third-sector practitioners who identify that the experience of menstruation transcends geopolitical boundaries, and that menstrual product provision alone is not sustainable, nor does it address overall well-being. Consortium Members call for the interrogation and dismantling of menstrual taboos to accomplish universal sanitation and gender equity, achieved through the application of community-based participatory action research (CPAR) approaches. The Consortium initially consists of Members with expertise in two high-income countries and two low/middle-income regions, with the potential to invite members from other regions as the work progresses. We will dismantle the menstrual taboo through:
- Bringing together academics and practitioners across many disciplines to interrogate and address menstrual stigma;
- Adapting existing behavior change programmes and CPAR approaches to address menstrual stigma, and providing training on this for MH professionals;
- Developing a proposal to trial a CPAR approach concurrently across four geographical regions to understand the similarities and differences in the way menstrual stigma is experienced and dismantled;
- Contributing recommendations to global menstrual health policy and practice through the expansive networks of Consortium Members.
The African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management is aimed at advocating for multi-sectoral policy-making and to support efforts to develop product standards and ensure constant and regular availability and diversification of menstrual programmes and products and supplies, in line with the various contextual conditions.
Created out of the First Menstrual Health Symposium in Eastern and Southern Africa Coalition in May 2018, the coalition also supports efforts to ensure that there is proper policy guidance on menstrual health management so that menstrual health management is integrated across sectors to ensure adequate and life-long education, access to health services, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and that other infrastructure are availed by governments and partners. This integration should be based on context as situations facing girls, women and other people who menstruate are very diverse across countries and communities.
Menstrual Hygiene Hub Cameroon
This coalition was established from the ecosystem building efforts of the MH Hub from registrants in the MH Hub Global Registry. The MH Hub put different organizations working throughout the country in touch to coordinate the efforts between them.
The organizations that are putting together this efforts are: Kuja Eco Pads, the Rural Women Center for Education and Development (RuWCED) Cameroon, Rose Academies, Afro-European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN), EFACAM -EDUCATION FOR ALL CAMEROON, Health Education and Research Organisation (HERO) Cameroon, Rising Hope Foundation For Change (RHFC), Girls Excel, Mother of Hope Cameroon (MOHCAM), Cho Ngafor’s Vocational Foundation, Mother Nature Partnership, False Labels Global Inc. Raha solutions, Center For Advocacy in Gender Equality and Action for Development-CAGEAD.
WASH Alliance Kenya seeks to stimulate linkages and strategic partnership among state and non-state WASH actors in enhancing their response towards the safe WASH needs of poor and marginalized Kenyans. We harness the energy and expertise of communities, NGOs, national and local governments and the private sector. With our member organizations, we advocate for change while facilitating local solutions for the millions of people who lack access to safe WASH services
The WASH Alliance International is a multi-national network of over 100 partners worldwide. We work together with local NGOs, governments and businesses to make sure everybody on this planet has sustainable access to water and sanitation. We envision a world where all people have access to sustainable and affordable water and sanitation services. This is a world where all people can live under hygienic living conditions to improve their health, dignity and economic living standard. In the Netherlands, WAI is led by 9 organizations: Simavi (lead), Amref Flying Doctors, Akvo, RAIN, WASTE, IRC, Wetlands, Practica, and RUAF.
Members of the Menstrual Cup Coalition have expertise working with schoolgirls and boys, teachers, nurses, refugees, politicians, working women, rural mothers, and fisherwomen. They challenge stigmas against menstruation and promote menstrual health in many sectors, including Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Health, Environment, faith groups, and government standards and tax departments.
The Menstrual Cup Coalition connects people and organizations to share experience and knowledge on cup provision and use. By combining strengths and working together, the impact of their work can expand and improve even further. The Menstrual Cup Coalition aims to improve the quality and range of research, and build evidence on the valuable role menstrual cups can play to improve girls and women’s sexual and reproductive health, dignity and equity.
Members: ActionAid Malawi, The Beatrice Project, The Butterfly Cup, The Case For Her, Church of Sweden, Could You Cup, The Cup Effect, The Cup, Dorgas International, Femme International, Flow Cup, Golden Girls Foundation, LSTM, Lunette, Malawi Girls Guide Association, Menstrual Health Hub, Menstrual Matters, Precious Stars, RubyCup, Safe Hands, St Peter’s Malawi Education Trust, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Womena, Women’s Global Health Innovation, ZanaAfrica
MHAI – Menstrual Health Alliance India
Menstrual Health Alliance in Nepal
America (North – Central, and South)
Washington DC MH Day Coalition
The Pacific Menstrual Health (MH) Network is a group of Pacific-based actors who have formed a community of practice to ensure that all women and girls living across the Pacific are able to access the necessary MH information, products, and infrastructure needed to adequately manage their menstrual cycle. Convened by WaterAid, Criterion Institute and the MH Hub, this network is comprised of both public and private sector actors. In order to improve and sustain their efforts in the region, the 3 core objectives of the network are:
- Improve coordination of the delivery of menstrual health products and services for all populations living across the region
- Strengthen innovation and investment in the Pacific MH eco-system 3. Provide an accessible platform for menstrual health actors in the region to jointly advocate for improved menstrual health outcomes 4. Facilitate peer learning, sharing of best practice and new ideas to improve menstrual health in the Pacific.