We conducted a consultation with experts across the menstrual health sector to better understand the standards and regulations which are guiding product innovation. This report provides insight into the perspectives of manufacturers and producers in self-regulating quality assurance in lieu of solid international or national standards, with contributions by:
✓ AFRIPads, Aisle, Aakar Innovations, Calla.ly, Diva Cup, einhorn.period, Kasole Secrets, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, The Swedish Institute for Standards, UNFPA
This project aims to center the marginalized voices of those working on menstrual health. It aims to uncover and bring to light the ways in which western, colonial attitudes have influenced what we accept as normal menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) beliefs and practices. Through conversations with key stakeholders and thought leaders in the field, we aim to explore the influence of colonialism on MHH through their eyes, their experiences and their voices.✓ No More Secrets MBS, #HappyPeriod, I'm With Periods, The Nurse Note, RevaginateNG, Code Red Co., Status Flow Collective, Wellness by Saran
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Created by the ladies at WHAT THE FISH design studio in Munich, Germany, OH WOMAN is a new board game on a mission to clear up and playfully dissolve myths about the female body, removing taboos about periods and female sexuality. Based on the ancient game Mancala, Kalah or Bao, OH WOMAN is currently available in German. Proceeds from the campaign and the game will go towards providing period products for homeless menstruators in need in Germany through their charity partner Periodensystem. All questions and answers are checked and verified by the Menstrual Health Hub.
✓ Oh WomanLearn more about Oh Woman here
The objective of this project is to generate awareness about female genital mutilation / cutting. (FGM.C.). The event series includes panel discussions, interviews with guest speakers, film screenings, a photo- and art exhibition and a vulva modeling workshop. Partners include:✓ Antje Pohsegger, Terres des Femmes
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More than 8,000 people from 165 different countries came to Women Deliver in Vancouver to advance gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Downstairs at the Fuelling Station, 'The Case for Menstruation' (booth 160) came alive with an menstrual advocacy programme of new research, product demonstrations, expert talks and more.
✓ The Case For Her, AFRIpads, Femme International, Kasha, UNFPA,PHAU, Bfree, BeGirl, PSI Europe, Lunapads, Bloody Good Period, Simavi, Menstrual Hygiene Day/WASH United, WaterAid, Unbound, Ruby Cup, Clue, WoMena, Lunette
It's a Bloody Time Event Series2017 - 2019
Berlin-based event series focused on menstrual health awareness-raising, education, policy, and social enterprise.✓ einhorn.period. Kulmine, Crafts & Cramps, Sinnaptic Labs, Callaly, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Inga Lauman, Ooia, Ruby Cup, The Female Company, erdbeerwoche
The MH Hub started an informal gathering of people who are interested in the topic of female health to meet monthly. Ranging from menstrual health to contraception to breast cancer and sexuality, this group has become a very active Facebook group of over 600 members.
Join the Berlin Female Health Collective here