Archana Patkar (WSSCC) and Kersti Strandqvist (SCA) were featured speakers during the 2015 Global Child Forum, a prestigious event attended by high-level representatives from business, civil society, government and academia. The GCF is hosted annually by the King and Queen of Sweden, and takes place at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. This year’s theme was “Children’s Rights within the Corporate Sustainability Agenda”, with a focus on cross-sector partnerships. They were joined by other speakers such as Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, Plan International and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden to discuss important issues in health, well-being, education and rights for children worldwide.
The two women jointly presented an overview of their recent collaboration on breaking the silence around Menstrual Hygiene Management during the Volvo Ocean Race as a way to engage both public and private sector stakeholders in this stigmatized and overlooked issue for young girls and women all over the world. They also provided an outline for a content-focused, long term partnership on points of vulnerability (especially adolescence) within the Human Lifecycle between the two entities as a way to further respond to the SDGs in a holistic manner, with focus areas around research, education and innovation.
The reports cover the sanitation needs of vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The workshop was the first national ToT and was attended by 77 participants.
The event in Dakar highlights the need to include MHM in government strategies.