Webinar: MHH & The Power Of Product Choice

This fall, Days for Girls held a virtual panel discussion on women's empowerment, menstrual health and the importance of period product choice -- co-hosted by UNFPA, MIET Africa and South Africa Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities. Now, the full video replay is available for viewing!

The webinar, entitled 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐅𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 & 𝐃𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬: 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐖𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚, explores the topic of menstrual autonomy through a human rights lens. It follows the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) passing a new standard for washable, reusable towels in South Africa -- and aims to highlight the myriad benefits of choosing SABS-certified reusable solutions over disposables.

In the 90-minute discussion, our esteemed panelists draw on field research, case studies and personal testimonials to make a case for the power of product choice. They also address key considerations like:

  • Why menstruator dignity and bodily autonomy depends on access to product diversity and preference

  • The health, safety and environmental advantages of reusable period products

  • The importance of timely, gender-inclusive menstrual health education

  • The importance of WASH facility access in managing menstruation (especially in schools)

Every single menstruator has a basic human right to menstrual, sexual and reproductive health; this is a key pillar of gender equity, and is critical to achieving the SDGs. But managing menstruation is not one-size fits all. Watch the full video recording below for expert insights into addressing this complex issue for all people with periods -- and check out key takeaways in this comprehensive report!

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