Menstrual Hygiene Management: Training of Master Trainers – New Delhi, India (24-27 September 2013)

This report presents the main highlights and insights from the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Programme, which was run by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) from September 24- 27, 2013 in New Delhi with the support of the Indian Institute of Public Administration. The first of its kind, this national training initiative was organized with the objective of creating master trainers from Hindi-speaking states capable of returning to their communities as champions for a deeply stigmatized and taboo issue – an issue which is central to the dignity, health and well-being of women and girls. 62 participants from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Delhi who attended the four-day training. The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectors were well-represented by government representatives and NGO practitioners.

General Information
Authors: WSSCC/Indian Institute of Public Administration Publication Date: October 2013 Publisher: WSSCC No. of Pages: 30

Related Resources

Leave No One Behind – Country Reports

Equality

Leave No One Behind - Afghanistan Country Report: This report is one in a series of 8 country reports produced as a result of the Leave No One Behind consultative process. It captures the current WASH practices, challenges and aspirations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka vulnerable groups from Qarabagh, Paghman, Bagrami and Kabul districts of Kabul Province, Afghanistan.Leave No One Behind - Bangladesh Country Report: As part of the Leave No One Behind consultative process in South Asia, ten meetings were organised by the Bangladesh chapter of FANSA with women, adolescent girls, elderly, persons with disabilities, transgender people and sanitation workers and waste collectors in different parts of the country in collaboration with CSOs working with these groups.Leave No One Behind - Bhutan Country Report: This report is the outcome of a consultation with a group of women, adolescent girls, sanitation workers, people with disabilities and senior citizens, organised in Bhutan in November 2015 with support from FANSA and WSSCC. The purpose of this interaction was to gain an understanding of their current sanitation and hygiene status, practices and challenges in their daily life.Leave No One Behind - India Country Report: In India, eighteen consultation meetings were held across six states with participants from different vulnerable groups. A total of 999 people participated in these meetings, including 260 women and adolescent girls, 182 elderly people and persons with disabilities, 236 sanitation workers and waste pickers and 36 members of the transgender community. Modern Architects for Rural India (MARI) led the consultative process with the support of 30 local organisations.Leave No One Behind - Maldives Country Report: This report summarizes the main challenges as well as key asks of people with disabilities, adolescent school children, construction workers, fishermen, elderly and sanitation workers in Maldives with regard to access to hygiene and sanitation services. These groups raised their concerns in the consultation held by WaterCare in the Maldives National University at the initiative of FANSA and WSSCC.Leave No One Behind - Nepal Country Report: The consultations with vulnerable groups from different parts of the country was an opportunity to openly interact with individuals on their sanitation and hygiene experiences that are critical aspects of their well-being and dignity. Women and adolescent girls, elderly people, persons with disabilities and the sanitation workers actively participated in the consultations where they shared their life story and struggles without adequate sanitation facilities at the household level, at the workplace and in public places.Leave No One Behind - Pakistan Country Report: In Pakistan, a total of eight consultation meetings were held between October 29 and November 20, 2015 to capture the current WASH practices, the associated and coping strategies among women and adolescent girls, the elderly and disabled and sanitary workers and waste pickers. In total, 551 participants from urban, peri-urban, slums and rural parts of Pakistan participated in the consultations. They included 187 women and adolescent girls, 145 elderly and persons with disabilities, and 219 sanitation workers and waste segregators. The meetings were organized by Punjab Urban Resource Centre with support from 11 local partner organizations in eight districts of the country.Leave No One Behind – Sri Lanka Country Report: In Sri Lanka, six consultations were conducted with a total of 218 participants, including 75 sanitation workers, 55 plantation workers, 63 women, and 25 differently-abled people. Seven organizations representing the fishing community, plantation workers, persons with disabilities and municipal councils supported CEJ in organizing these consultations. Participants were given an opportunity to share their experiences and observations on WASH issues using participatory methods. This report captures the major points shared by these groups.

First National Training of Trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management – Kenya

Equality

In order to break the silence on menstruation and empower government officials with the knowledge and skills on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), WSSCC, in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners held a six-day Training of Trainers(ToT) in Naivasha from 28 July to 3 August. Here is a full report of the workshop.

Faire face à la réalité saignante: L’hygiène menstruelle comme priorité pour la réalisation de l’égalité des genres

Equality

Une menstruation régulière est un signe de santé et de fécondité chez une femme. Pourtant, les menstruations sont entourées d’un halo de honte, de secret, d’embarras, de peur, d’humiliation, de silence, de tabou et de stigmatisation. Liées à ce tabou, de nombreuses normes culturelles et religieuses, souvent fondées sur des postulats patriarcaux, cherchent à empêcher tout contact avec les femmes et les filles en période de menstruation afin d'éviter une « contamination » ou de « devenir impur ». De ce fait, les femmes et les filles sont censées cacher leur menstruation et faire beaucoup d’efforts pour la dissimuler. Originalement publié en anglais en Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender 2015 (21/1), 1-37, cet article explore les défis en termes d’hygiène menstruelle au niveau pratique et politique. Il examine la position de l’hygiène menstruelle dans le cadre des droits humains, notamment concernant l’égalité des genres, ainsi que la manière dont elle peut se définir en termes de droit humains et la manière dont l’utilisation du cadre des droits humains et l’égalité de fait pourraient contribuer à donner une plus grande visibilité à l’hygiène menstruelle et à prioriser l’élaboration de stratégies et de solutions appropriées.Regular menstruation signals a woman’s health and fertility. Yet, menstruation is surrounded by shame, secrecy, embarrassment, fear, humiliation, silence, taboo, and stigma. Linked to this taboo, many cultural and religious norms often grounded in patriarchal assumptions seek to prevent contact with menstruating women and girls in order to avoid ‘contamination’ or ‘becoming impure’. Against this background, this article explores challenges for menstrual hygiene at the practical and policy level. It examines how menstrual hygiene is situated in the human rights framework, in particular gender equality, how menstrual hygiene can be defined in human rights terms and how using the framework of human rights and substantive equality may contribute to giving menstrual hygiene greater visibility and prioritizing the development of appropriate strategies and solutions.

Menstrual Hygiene Management, SDGs and the Private Sector – Women Deliver 2016 Session Highlights Report

Equality

This cross-cutting session hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, WSSCC, and SCA highlighted the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management and the importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches to unlock multiple benefits for women and girls. The session also promoted detailed discussions on the roles and responsibilities each of us has to women and girls everywhere, regardless of our sector, occupation or geography. The session brought together experts from WASH, Human Rights, Education, Health and the private sector to share lessons and successes in policy and practice, with a specific focus on how multi-sectoral partnerships can collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.