Making period poverty visible

In most countries, there is limited evidence on menstrual health and hygiene. This contributes to keep period poverty invisible to the eyes of the decision-makers and the society in general. Gathering evidence and generating data is essential in order to understand better women and girls’ needs and develop high-impact products and interventions that help girls and women improve their menstrual experiences and ultimately lives. Data is also important to conduct evidence-based advocacy and together with government and international institutions improve the international and national policy landscape related to MHM.

Case Stories

The monthly struggle: stories from Ethiopian women and girls

In 2020, MELA team travelled to Wolisso, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, together with the local NGO Siqqe to learn more about how women and girls were managing their periods. Their experiences inspired us to write this short document that describes their monthly struggle.

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Additional resources

We want to share with you some of our favorite knowledge hubs so you can access to a wide variety of resources on menstrual health and hygiene. We will be adding to this over the coming months, so keep checking back for more resources!

To start with, the Government of Ethiopia has recently published important legislation and educational resources such as the Policy and Implementation Guideline and the MHM Training Manual (Ministry of Health).

We also enjoy going through some websites that contain research, resources and tools that you can access for free: