WSSCC promotes Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) as an essential entry point to achieve gender equality, human rights and development. Together with its partners and members, the Council works to inform, promote and lead governments to explicitly include MHM in their public policies.
Breaking the silence on menstruation is a first step towards improving the lives of women and girls and our members have successfully been at the forefront of initiatives to break taboos and promote a safe and equal access to sanitation and hygiene. To mark the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, WSSCC highlighted these campaigns led by our members in Uganda, Kenya, Nepal and Nigeria. Find out more on the campaigns here
Since 2012, WSSCC conducted training for around 1400 people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo. Most training sessions are for MHM trainers linked to governments, who will take the knowledge forward to train many others.
In October 2017, WSSCC, UNICEF and the Government of Kenya co-hosted the second Training of Trainers (ToT) on (MHM) in Naivasha.
The five-day training empowered a large group of over 80 officials from various ministries in Kenya and Malawi with knowledge and skills on MHM. Click here to read more on the training.
WSSCC member Daniel Karanja, Programme Officer, Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (KSHIP), participated in the training and wrote a blog for WSSCC’s website, arguing that boys and men have an equal stake in breaking the silence on menstruation or in his words:
“The initiative of breaking the silence starts with girls and women — the epicentre of breaking the silence — but its continued success depends on male inclusion and participation. Let’s make our voices heard on menstruation!” Click to read the full blog.
In another success to empower officials on MHM, WSSCC facilitated a regional MHM ToT in Sri Lanka in November 2017 fulfiling its SACOSAN VI commitments to train governments and influencers in South and South-East Asia.
The unique training gathered about 60 participants from countries that participated in the 2016 South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN), Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. Click here to read more on the training
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