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Policy and Advocacy Volunteer Center

Pathways for engagement from the grassroots to global

 

The Basics

LEARN THE LINGO

Key words and acronyms that you may encounter (and use!) in the world of Menstrual Health advocacy

QUICK FACTS

A short orientation to Menstrual Health issues globally

CELEBRATE

WITH US

Join us in celebrating commemorative Menstrual Health days throughout the year

AMPLIFY VOICES

Learn about and highlight the work of Menstrual Health champions around the globe

 

Deeper Dives

FOR LEARNERS + LOVERS OF DATA

FOR FILM BUFFS

FOR AVID READERS + PODCASTERS

FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

MAVENS

Speakers

AMPLIFYING VOICES

Learn about the work of Menstrual Health champions around the globe!

Click here for tips on how to use your social media platform to highlight their work.

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HONORABLE SOIPAN TUYA,

NAROK COUNTY

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JASMINE

BURTON,

WISH FOR WASH

 

CHIPO CHIKOMO,

DFG ZIMBABWE

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EMILY BELL MCCORMICK,

THE POLICY PROJECT

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FOR LEARNERS AND LOVERS OF DATA

Through program evaluation and shared learning, DfG helps to build a stronger Menstrual Health evidence base that can inform better programs and policies for menstrual equity. Here are a few resources we love:

Read up on the history of MH as a public health issue in this article by our partners in the field.

Get a snapshot of the global MH landscape in FSG’s 2020 report, Advancing Gender Equity by Improving Menstrual Health

Dive into the Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies for rich insights on menstruation shared by 134 contributors in more than 30 countries.

Learn how we measure progress in the MH field with this Green Paper from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and WSSCC.

Keep up with the latest MH research on the International Menstrual Health Entrepreneurship Roundup (IMHER) and MH Hub.

 
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FOR FILM BUFFS

Watch these DfG mini documentaries to meet our Staff, Enterprise Leaders, and clients making a difference around the globe. 

Shway Shway Episode 3: Turning Periods Into Pathways

Menstrual health challenges and solutions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
with DfG Country Director Khairieh Al Assad, by Tania Safi.

Soy Fuerte | I am Strong

Menstrual health challenges and solutions in Guatemala with DfG beneficiary Leyda, by Boone Sommerfeld.

Her Passion Keeps Girls in School

Menstrual health challenges and solutions in Nairobi, Kenya with DfG Enterprise Leader Christine Khamasi, by StoryFront.

Women of the Cloud Forest

Menstrual health challenges and solutions in Peru with mother and daughter Jeronima and Rosalina, by Calvin Kelly.

DfG: Stories From the Field

Menstrual health challenges and solutions in Southern Africa with DfG Enterprise Leaders Eunice Banda, Chipo Chimbanda, + Palesa Mphohle.

 
Open Books

FOR AVID READERS

Dive into these amazing reads by our fellow Menstrual Health champions to learn more about Menstrual Health policy and experiences around the globe

Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

By Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

 

"From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for "period equity" and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen."

My First Time.

By Janet Mbugua

 

"My First Time brings together 50 women's voices who narrate their personal stories on menstruation. It advises on the support to be provided to girls who have had menstruation for the first time in their lives. The stories have the potential to improve the lives of millions, not only in Kenya but also around the world, in putting an end to 'period poverty'."

 
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FOR PODCASTERS

DfG is on the airwaves! Listen to our stories and check out some of our favorite resources.

In Search of Ideologies: Women and the Law in Kenya

This podcast invites listeners to explore the ideologies that inform law in Kenya and the inequitable impacts of those laws across gender. In her first ever episode, host Eve Gallagher explores menstrual health policy and speaks with DfG Enterprise Leaders Alice Wambui and Anita Cherono, as well as our partners Neville Okwaro of WSSCC and Janet Mbugua.

Challenges of Managing Menstrual Health During Pandemics.

DfG advocacy partner and UNFPA Director of Programs Dr. Julitta Onabanjo of UNFPA talks with Voice of America about menstrual health and wellness during COVID-19

Removing the Stigma Around "Secret Women's Business"

DfG Founder and CEO Celeste Mergens talks with Mark Balla from The Smallest Room about breaking down the stigma that perpetuates inequitable education and livelihood opportunities for menstruators.

COMING SOON: Advancing Menstrual Equity in Uganda

DfG Uganda Country Director Diana Nampeera Akampikaho talks with Procter & Gamble's Powered by Purpose Podcast about the work of DfG staff and enterprises working to end period poverty in East Africa.

 
Creative Work

FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MAVENS

FOLLOW ALONG

A short list of accounts and hashtags to follow for Menstrual Health news and education.

DfG Advocacy on Twitter

Menstrual Health Hub on Twitter 

African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management on Twitter 

WASH United on Twitter 

#MenstruationMatters

Learn about why menstruation matters for our local and global communities

#PeriodsInPandemics

Learn about Menstrual Health (MH) challenges and solutions during COVID-19 around the globe

 

#Safe2Bleed

A campaign for universal access to affordable and environmentally friendly period products in Rwanda

USE YOUR PLATFORM

Media activation is one of the most powerful ways to raise awareness, shatter stigma and advocate for menstrual equity.

Here, you'll find tricks of the trade for how you can use your social media platform to make a difference.

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CELEBRATE WITH US

Help us celebrate commemorative Menstrual Health days throughout the year! Click on the links below to follow along with this year’s events and activities.

March 8th is International Women’s Day

May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day 

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child

 
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Ready to become a DfG Advocacy Volunteer?

Click here to get started

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