6 July 2022
Menstrual Memo

There is light at the end of the tunnel

I've tried and I cannot really sugarcoat my feelings - the last weeks have been really tough for us and all the women+'s rights and menstrual health activists worldwide. But, I do believe there is light at the end of the tunnel - especially if we continue to advocate for menstrual health as the gateway to female health and rights across the life spanMenstrual health is connected to every other reproductive health area - without truly understanding, prioritizing or investing in it, we cannot and will not be able to move the needle forward on women+'s health and rights.

In this July Memo, you will find victories, great events + a new job opportunity.

Your fellow women+'s rights warrior,

Danielle I. Keiser

Co-Founder, MadamiMH Hub and Clitpix
Independent Consultant + Speaker
Creator of the Menstrual Memo

Image: Jonathan Torgovnik / Getty Images / Images of Empowerment 
The WHO prioritizes menstrual health and rights in new statement

On June 22, the WHO released a statement in support of menstrual health and rights. After years of working to place menstrual health on the global health agenda, it is exciting to see the efforts of the global menstrual health community recognized by the world’s leading authority on international health! Stay tuned to see this recognition turned into action. 
Read the full statement here
Madami Thoughts -
Training Smarter, not Harder:
Cycles, Exercise + YOU

In partnership with INTIMINA, Madami's Milena Bacalja Perianes and Danielle Keiser explore the link between menstrual health and fitness to show the cycle can be used a critical lever for improving athletic performance. In this new piece on our Medium blog, we offer some excellent tips and guidance, including products and services one can try out during the different phases of the menstrual cycle. 

Image: April Laugh for Unsplash
Learn how to train smarter, not harder
Menopause Preparedness Toolkit

Created by the Society for Women's Health Research, this toolkit was created to support women+ through major menopause milestones and prepare them for conversations with physicians, families and friends. Established to address barriers to care and reduce health disparities related to the menopause transition, this toolkit promotes science-based healthcare policies and education to improve patient outcomes.

Image: SWHR 
Check out SWHR's new menopause toolkit!
The menstrual product standards process has finally kicked off!

The ISO Technical Committee, TC338 Menstrual Products, kicked off its first meeting at the end of June. Since our last update, two stakeholders applied to participate as liaisons: EDANA (the largest industry org for non-woven fabrics) and UNFPA. In December 2021, 26 countries approved a SIS proposal to create a technical committee for menstrual product safety with 17 out of them actively participating in the process.

Image: ISO 
See the list of participating countries
Image: Kristin Huwat / Getty Images

The US Supreme Court bans access to safe abortion
(not a victory)

It's been a rough few weeks with our gender equality allies in the US reeling from the overturn of Roe V. Wade. Nearly 50 years after after the historic ruling allowed women+ to seek safe abortions and terminate their unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, the ultra-conservative SCOTUS has dealt a crushing blow to the fundamental right of women+ to control their own bodies, stripping away their rights to bodily autonomy. This decision will have tragic consequences on the whole of US American society for decades to come. 

Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. 

Our friends at RH Capital have put together resources to inspire you to take action:

- Support your local abortion fund via National Network of Abortion Funds and
- Take part in coordinated actions led by American College of Obstetricians and and
- Check out resources and guides on how to stay involved and informed, such as Roe v. Wade: What You Can Do and How to Show up For Abortion Access
- Go to; remember that living your values is crucial!

In the words of one of our favorite activists 
Mariame Kaba
"Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair." 
[PDF] Information, Choice and Menstrual Outcomes: Evidence from a Community-Based Intervention in India S Garikipati, PA Phillips-Howard, University of Liverpool, 2022. 

Assessing the knowledge and attitude of menstrual hygiene among high school students, and menstrual practices among high school girls in rural Rwanda.
Sandra Isano, Irakoze Genereuse Iradukunda, Peace Ingabire, Beula Igiraneza, Fred Nkurunziza and Rex Wong, International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2022.

Assessment of sexual and reproductive access and use of menstrual products among Venezuelan migrant adult women at the Brazilian–Venezuelan border
Leila Rocha, Rachel Soeiro, Noé Gomez,Maria Laur Costa, Fernanda G.Surita,Luis Bahamondes, Journal of Migration and Health, 2022.

Access to period products during the first nation-wide lockdown in Australia: Results from an online survey
Jacqueline Coombe, Helen Bittleston, Jane S. Hocking - Women & Health, 2022

Menstrual Attitudes: The Gender Differences Among Nigerian University Students I Udegbe, WA Imran, IA Ogueji - Trends in Psychology, 2022
Check out more research in the MH Hub Knowledge Hive

Menopause Mindfulness:
A Personal Toolkit for Menopause Preparedness 
July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Menopause is defined as the point in time 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual cycle. During the menopause transition (perimenopause), the body undergoes hormonal changes, characterized by a significant decrease in estrogen. Symptoms and experiences vary widely from person to person. This change typically begins to occur in a woman’s late 40s or 50s, and can last up to 10 or 20 years.

This event will discuss how to improve health outcomes through recognizing and addressing symptoms, comorbidities, treatment options, and barriers to accessing quality care, while highlighting the diverse experiences of women during and after the menopause transition.

Register here

Global Period Poverty Forum 
October 10-12, 2022 

Applications for scholarships to virtually attend are now open! Explain in 200 words max how receiving a virtual scholarship will maximize the impact of your own work on menstrual health. 

Apply to the virtual scholarship here
Menstrual Health Job Opportunities 

Global Menstrual Collective Coordinator at WaterAid

part-time, fixed term from July/August 2022 until March 2023
*We recognize that not all women menstruate, and not all who menstruate identify with being a woman, and strongly advocate for the inclusion of diverse voices, identities and bodies in discussions around female and menstrual health.

Copyright © 2022, Danielle Keiser, freelance menstrual health and
communications consultant, All rights reserved.


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