Ending a vicious cycle: How can girls have better periods?
May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
The start of periods is one of the biggest changes that happens to girls’ bodies during puberty. For many, it also marks the start of decades of period poverty. In many low-income countries, menstrual materials are unaffordable and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities are inadequate for menstrual hygiene management. This may prevent girls and women from managing their periods safely, effectively and with dignity.
Without access to decent menstrual hygiene, girls and women will be held back by the same problem every month of their reproductive years.
On May 27, the day before World Menstrual Hygiene Day, we invite anyone with an interest in the topic to join our event. This event is free and open to all, but registration is essential. Jane Wilbur, Research Fellow at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at the LSHTM, will join us to talk about menstrual hygiene for people living with disabilities in Nepal. We will also be joined by Shamirah Nakalema, Training Coordinator/Senior Project Manager in the NGO WoMena in Uganda, who will reflect on the impact of COVID-19 and accessibility for Menstrual Health Management products and the well-being of adolescent girls and women during the COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda.
Shamirah Nakalema is a menstrual health professional from Uganda. She is currently working as a Project Manager and Training Coordinator at WoMena Uganda, an NGO working with research, long-term strategies, and advocacy to support innovative reproductive health solutions in East Africa. In her role, Shamirah supports the development and implementation of WoMena’s Training and project program, lead training on Sexual Reproductive Health and Menstrual Health Management (MHM) as well as the distribution of sustainable MHM products to adolescent girls and women. She holds a BA in Adult and Community Education from Makerere University and has worked extensively on training and evaluation of activities related to WoMena’s Innovation solutions, which have helped girls and WoMena in the pandemic to menstrual with dignity.
Jane Wilbur is a research fellow at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at the LSHTM, focusing on disability and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). She previously worked as Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor at WaterAid, focusing on disability, gender, chronic illness, ageing and WASH, as well as mainstreaming equity and inclusion across the organisation. She has experience working in east and south Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands.
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