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Columbia: Call for Abstracts for the Fourth Annual Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Management in WASH in Schools

In many countries, adolescent girls face stigma and marginalization around the issue of managing their menstrual hygiene, and the lack of accurate guidance, sanitation facilities, and absorbent materials for girls to manage their menses may negatively impact health and education outcomes. There is a growing effort to introduce Menstrual Hygiene Management interventions into WASH in Schools programming which aim to ensure access to water, sanitation, and hygiene in every school for every child. Dr. Marni Sommer, associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public health, is a leader in the initiative to improve WASH in Schools and MHM among girls and women.

Wash In Schools Conference

The fourth annual virtual conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools (WinS) will be held on October 22 and focus on the many levels of championing that are occurring around the world to move forward the MHM in WinS agenda. The conference will showcase research, programs, and advocacy from countries that are championing efforts to overcome the MHM barriers facing menstruating schoolgirls and female teachers in a variety of country contexts and at various levels.

The deadline for submitting a one-page abstract detailing the content of your proposed presentation is August 10 (send to: ) and must include the following details:

, name of presenter, organization, country
, category of content (research, program, advocacy, or combination)
, championing at different levels of relevance (e.g. individual, community, environmental, structural).

Preference will be given to submissions that highlight rigorous research, programs that have gone to scale, and examples of local/national/global advocacy that work.

Authors will be notified if their abstract has been selected for presentation by August 24.

Follow for more information on the October 22 virtual conference