Policy & Advocacy Thought Leadership

Days for Girls (DfG) provides thought leadership by sharing learnings from our stakeholders, from grassroots advocates to national leaders. Click below to explore panels, webinars, articles, and studies from DfG and our partners.

Learning Together

DfG organizes and participates in webinars and online events all year long. Check out past webinar recordings, reports, and findings below!
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In Depth

The Pros and Cons of Menstrual Leave Policies in the Workplace: What Organizations Should Know

Scaling Up Access to Menstrual Health in the Global South: Improving product quality and access to reusable options

DfG contributed to this report by Hystra Hybrid Strategies Consulting, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It uses a market-based lens to analyze the MHH landscape, and focuses on disposable pads, reusable pads, and menstrual cups – the three products with the largest proven commercial markets today.

Read the full report here. 


Building the Evidence

Washable Pad Acceptability Study in South Africa

The South African Department of Women, Youth, and People with Disabilities, commissioned a study from MIET Africa to conduct a systematic study on the acceptability of washable menstrual pads among school-aged girls in three provinces. DfG partnered with MIET Africa, UNFPA South Africa, and Water Aid to procure DfG washable pads for use in this study. Learnings from this study will inform efforts to include washable pads as a recommended product option under the South Africa Sanitary Dignity Program, expanding product choice for students. Stay tuned for updates on this study by signing up for the DfG Advocacy Newsletter!

Development and compliance of standards for menstrual products in South Asia and Africa

DfG serves on the Technical Advisory Group and served as a Technical Support Provider for this effort, supported by Development Solutions and the Reproductive Health Supply Coalition (RHSC). We were part of a global team seeking to understand the status and enforcement of regulatory standards for disposable and reusable sanitary pads in South Asia and Africa, specifically taking a closer look at Uganda, Kenya and Nepal. The goal of this project was to bring greater global harmony amongst these current disparate standards. The results of this study contributed to a database for standards for disposable and reusable products that can be found HERE.


Sharing the News

Celebrating Progress on Menstrual Health in Africa in 2021
2021 African Coalition for Menstrual Health (ACMH) Annual Report

Locally owned and led menstrual health enterprises: uniquely positioned to drive deep and lasting change
May 2022

Priority List of Indicators for Girls’ Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Technical Guidance for National Monitoring
March 2022

Hawaii, USA
Menstrual Equity Measure Expected To Be On Legislative Agenda This Year
Jan 18, 2022

Worldwide – UNICEF
Oct 11, 2021
Ensuring girls with disabilities have dignity when managing their periods
Related Resource: UNICEF MHH Disabilities Guidance Note

Ontario, Canada
Ontario Launches Free Menstrual Products in Schools
Oct. 8, 2021

Melbourne, AU
Free period products to be available in council facilities
Sept. 10, 2021

Welcome to a new MH Champion: Hello Saheli Helpline
In response to COVID-19 shutdowns in India, Sukhibhava launched a helpline to provide access to answers regarding menstrual health and hygiene concerns in urban poor and rural communities.

Mexico Takes Steps To Make Feminine Hygiene Products Free In Schools
May 2, 2021 

Namibia Just Eliminated the ‘Tampon Tax’ on Period Products
March 22, 2021

Campaign Launches To Make Health And Menstrual Hygiene A Priority in Senegal
March 8, 2021

Welcome to a new MH Champion: Pandemic Periods
This international nonprofit was founded in 2021 in response to the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Period Poverty worldwide. Learn more at pandemicperiods.com/