5 Victories from the World of Menstrual Health
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Hey! Happy 2019! 

Here at the MH Hub, we began our year making bloody ambitious plans for 2019... and our team shared our favorite period snacks!
(Ours are 🍕🍟🍩🍫🍰🍦🍧) What are yours?!

This Menstrual Memo includes victories about Guinness World Records being made, menstrual movies, policy progress, brand new research & reflections about what you loved from us in 2018

Can't wait to hear your feedback,

(Psssst! We're on the lookout for new menstrual art & design, ie.,
this fabulous Period Dress worn by Manila Luzon. Let us know via
 Instagram @MenstrualHealthHub!)
Pads are Not a "Silver Bullet"

The global menstrual health community has come a long way in raising awareness about periods & streamlining MHM programs around the world. As we continue to break new ground, we are also becoming more self-reflexive & listening to each other. This month we are taking advice from the awesome Chris Bobel, whose new book 'The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South' critically examines the ways in which menstrual products have unfortunately become the center of and "silver bullet solution" within MHM development programs. Bobel argues that products are "an accommodation of, rather than resistance to, stigma". Instead of focusing solely on solving the 'hygiene problem' to improve lives, providing education, choice & fighting stigma should be our main priorities.

We suggest taking a leaf out of Bobel's book & thinking critically about how best to improve the lives of people who menstruate, all over the world. 
(hint: comprehensive, intersectional & community-based solutions work!)
The Washington Post on Chris Bobel's new book
Image: Biljana Labovic

New Educational Material!

If you're looking for more educational resources, then head over to the MH Hub Education Hive! Here are 2 educational resources to tempt you:

1. As We Grow Up - Let's make menstrual knowledge accessible to us all! WSSCC, the creators of this booklet, want to replace shame & silence with information, confidence and pride. This digital booklet on MHM is brilliant because it is published in 5 different formats, including a video in Indian Sign Language! 

2. Period Talk - Born out of frustration of the limited resources available on the topic of menstruation, this Australian-created resource is made up of videos of interactive activities, funky animations with lesson plans & notes for educators & videos on periods delivered by kids themselves!

Do you have some favorite educational resources you want to share with us?! Send them our way! (PS: keep an eye out for our upcoming blog that helps parents prepare for supporting their child who is expecting their 1st period!)
Check out even more resources
Image: NDTV

"Pads as far as the eye could see"

The longest line of sanitary pads EVER created happened at a medical congress in Bengaluru last week, accompanied by the slogan 'Nothing's more cuterus than your uterus'! This Guinness World Record included about 500 people who arranged more than 10,000 pads in a line stretching up to 1,078 metres long.
The feat took nearly 8 hours to be create. 

What an interesting way to raise awareness about menstrual health! 
Watch a video about it here
If women had been in charge in the beginning, I think that there would already be menstrual hygiene products in bathrooms”.

Image: Huffington Post
Inspiring Change Maker: Linda Rosenthal

Remember, remember, last December Kotex recalled some of its tampon products for unraveling or breaking apart inside consumers’ bodies in the United States. Since then we've been asking ourselves, do we really know what's inside our tampons? 
Democrat Linda Rosenthal has been asking this too!

Rosenthal has sponsored legislation which requires ingredient labeling on the packaging of all menstrual products sold in New York state. The bill will be considered in 2019 and, if it passes, it will be the first law of its kind in the US.
Read more about Rosenthal's 'detox the box' crusade
Image: @periodendofsentence



This month we are delighted to see menstruation making it to the big screen!
  1. From a rural village in India, there's Period. End of Sentence. which tells the story of how a group of women band together to install & operate a menstrual pad-making machine. It's on the Oscars shortlist!
  2. Something shorter? Check out My Time, a 6 minute short about a 12 year-old girl who has her first period in class.
  3. Like VR? Blood Speaks, is made up of 3 VR films, photographs, projections, sound scapes & interviews that crack open the veil of silence and shame experienced by women, linking menstrual exile to wider conversations concerning normalized gender-based violence.
  4. Lastly, check out director Josie Rourke's period piece about your highness, Mary, Queen of Scots!
By Charlotte Amrouche, Communications Fellow
"As we start this exciting new year I wanted to say ‘hello’ and introduce myself as one of the faces behind the Menstrual Memo! I’ve spent a little time looking back at your engagement with the Menstrual Memo throughout 2018..."
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