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Welcome, September! 
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Welcome to all the new members of the
Global Menstrual Health Community! 


For those who have been with us for years, we're so egg-cited to see you cracking open the much-loved Menstrual Memo again! New friends - eggcellent to meet you!
Next year, the MH Hub will transitioning into an interactive member platform for the community to directly connect, collaborate and GROW - think of it as a mini LinkedIn for people like YOU working on menstrual health, female health and adolescent girls’ development! How can you help us make this new online platform the best it can be??? By completing
our 2020 Community Insights Poll. (<--- It just takes 2 min!)

We thank you, we appreciate you and especially your time and feedback!




P.s. Interested in joining our coveted Inner Circle of partners?
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Indian company 'Zomato' creates a menstrual leave policy

POLICY

 

Big news from India: Zomato, one of the biggest food delivery companies in India (earlier this year, it bought Uber's Eats in India) announced that it will give female employees 10 days off a year for ‘period leave’. In an email to employees, the CEO stated that “There shouldn't be any shame or stigma attached to applying for a period leave. You should feel free to tell people on internal groups, or emails that you are on your period leave for the day." It is great to see companies of this size taking on this type of workplace policy. We hope this will inspire more companies following their example and have a more open conversation around periods in the workplace.  

Read more about Zomato's new policy
Menstrual health webinars ... on demand!

INNOVATION

Webinars on menstrual health were already on the rise before the pandemic as they serve as a great way to connect and engage globally! We’re happy to announce that we have been collecting menstruation-related webinars in our Knowledge Hive for all to watch and review . So far, 30 webinars can be found in the Education and Training section of our Hive and WE WANT MORE! Did you host or know of a webinar that should be in our Hive, or want to notify us of an upcoming one?
Please let us know by getting in touch.
Check out all the webinars you may have missed
New! Groundbreaking MHH Resources:
A MHH Compendium & The Palgrave Handbook 


RESEARCH / EDUCATION
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Menstrual Disposal, Waste Management & Laundering: 
A Compendium 


Developed through a series of global key informant interviews, a robust desk review and via field visits in Northern Nigeria, Bangladesh and Jordan, the aim of this compendium is to promote a more localized dialogue and considerations for MHH by highlighting new solutions currently being tested around the world. It includes practical guidance around disposal as well as a series of case studies of innovations currently being piloted in emergencies globally. It was developed by Columbia University and International Rescue Committee (IRC) and co-published by 16 humanitarian organizations and agencies.

The Palgrave Handbook of
Critical Menstruation Studies



This Handbook is a historic achievement in the development of quality expertise around the historical, political, cultural, religious, social, health, economic, artistic, literary, etc. dimensions of menstruation. Consider this inter-disciplinary handbook an encyclopedia of menstrual health research and perspectives sourced from 134 contributors across 30 countries, including academics, activists, policymakers, and others! We highly recommend you spend some time reading and learning from this incredible Handboook for months and years to come!
REGISTER FOR THE VIRTUAL LAUNCH EVENT ON OCT. 8
Check out the Compendium
Download your FREE copy of the Palgrave Handbook
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Promising solution to treat people with
uterine fibroids is on the horizon


RESEARCH / INNOVATION
 

For women and menstruators who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding (MHB), pain, and anemia as a result from uterine firbroids, hope is on the way! Myovant Sciences, an innovative healthcare company focused on redefining care for women and for men, announced that its New Drug Application (NDA) was accepted for review by the FDA in the US. This drug is a once-daily, oral relugolix combination tablet that shows promise in bringing relief to menstruators who have few non-invasive treatment options. They deserve an alternative to surgery, and this drug aims to deliver a predictable and clinically-meaningful reduction in menstrual blood loss while still maintaining bone health.

 
The FDA has set a target action date of June 1, 2021 for its decision regarding approval.
More details on this exciting development
MH Hub partners with Diva Cares

INNER CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT
 

 We are excited to announce our latest Inner Circle Member, DivaCares! DivaCares is the social impact program from Diva International Inc., maker of the DivaCup, committed to advancing the menstrual equity movement through three key pillars: education, advocacy, and access. As part of this Inner Circle partnership, DivaCares has donated money to help and support us in the strategic redesign and relaunch of our Knowledge Hive - an evidence-based, crowd-sourced database of menstrual health resources - as well as towards the development of our interactive community platform coming in 2021.

DivaCares has committed to working with other incredible menstrual equity organizations including Black Woman's Blueprint Sistas Van program, a fully accessible mobile healing unit that center the experiences and needs of Black women in Brooklyn, NY and Diva Day, an organization that uses arts-based education to empower Kenyan schoolgirls to embrace menstruation as a necessary and natural fact of life.

Learn more about Diva Cares' excellent work


Memo Menstrual (en español)  

Did you know that we are strengthening our impact in Spanish-speaking countries? With 60 new organizations on the Map and over 100 new resources set to go into the Hive, we will also start producing a Spanish-speaking Menstrual Memo in the next months!
If you have victories or resources to share in Spanish, please get in touch with Liliana Schmitz, MH Hub Latin America & Spanish Language Coordinator. If you signed up to our registry and you work in a Spanish-speaking country, you will be automatically signed up!
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Standards for Menstrual Cups

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CEST
September 8th, 2020

 
The last part of the series of webinars focused on standards for menstrual health products, will be co-hosted by the Menstrual Health Alliance of India, WASH United, the African Coalition for MHM and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.


Register here


Book Launch: The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstrual Studies 
12:00 PM CEST
October 8th, 2020

 
With over 317,000 downloads thus far, the editors will provide a brief introduction and a few contributors—selected to represent the breadth and diversity of the handbook—will share key messages from their respective chapters. 

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Innovating for Girls in Uncertain Times:
Periods Don’t Pause for a Pandemic



4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CEST
September 29th, 2020

This global panel will feature Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator social entrepreneurs and UNICEF field staff in a discussion focused on the reality that menstruation does not cease in the face of a pandemic. Join this global panel to learn more about how the pandemic has spurred innovation in menstrual health and hygiene.

Register here

Taking Control of Periods:
Innovations that Put the Power into the Hands of Girls


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CEST
October 2nd, 2020

Too often, new and exciting innovations design without their true end-user in mind. Worse still are innovations that claim to deliver social impact to the most vulnerable or marginalized but attempt to do so without truly engaging their intended audiences. Join us to hear more about user-designed menstrual health innovations from East Africa!

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1. Bobel et al.,2020: The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstrual Studies. The Palgrave Handbook contains 72 chapters. WoMena has contributed two chapters on “Menstrual Health Management in Humanitarian Settings” and “Educating Around Innovative Products—Developing a Curriculum to Support Menstrual Cups Programming” based on WoMena's experience and literature review.

2. WoMena FAQ, 2020: Are Menstrual Cups Regulated by Governments Around the World Around the world, there is no globally agreed regulatory framework for approval of menstrual health management (MHM) products in general, and menstrual cups (MCs) specifically. The classification, standards, and procedures vary by country. It complicates matters that, according to one source, there are 199 brands of MCs, marketed in 99 countries. To find out the classification status of MCs in other countries, you can go to the national regulatory body (bureau of standards or medicines regulatory authority – National Medicines Regulatory Authorities). Search for the product or for the ‘consumer product manager’ or ‘regulatory affairs manager’.

3. Benshaul‐Tolonen et al., 2020: Period Teasing and Stigma: A Survey of Adolescent Boys and Girls in Tanzania. A quantitative survey was conducted in four co-educational secondary schools among 432 male and 524 female students in two districts in Tanzania to measure adolescent boys’ knowledge, experience, and attitudes surrounding menstruation and to collect information on boys’ period teasing behaviour. The authors suggest provision of menstrual health education in schools should expand beyond the purely biomedical and include social programming that aims to change social norms and period stigma.
Opportunities

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Guild Academy Femtech Accelerator - Applications now open!
due by September 18th, 2020

Femtech is any technology, product, or service that improves female and women’s health. Working in a femtech startup? Apply for the Femtech Edition of the Guild Academy! This 8-week virtual accelerator is for early stage femtech founders who will get access to experts, like our very own Chief Innovation Officer Milena Bacalja Perianes


Outreach Partners for 'Hello Saheli' 
ASAP across India

Sukhibhava is looking for existing community-based organisations working in a Hindi or Kannada-speaking region on women's health to help expand 'Hello Saheli'.
More information
The Global Menstrual Map
751 registered and stronger than ever! 
 

The Menstrual Health Hub has the most comprehensive overview of who is doing what, where, around menstrual health and periods, worldwide. The Menstrual Map has over 30,000 views to date!
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*We use the word female to denote the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova). At the MH Hub, the term 'female health' is used to capture the experiences related to the presence of the menstrual cycle and the specific health issues an individual may face over their life cycle as a result.  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.


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The Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub) is a female health impact organization focused on ecosystem-building, knowledge sharing and high-level advocacy around menstrual health worldwide. Menstrual Health Hub gUG (haftungsbeschränkt) is a German nonprofit-enterprise company (limited liability)  

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