From exclusion to prioritization: mainstreaming menstrual health across global policies.
Pandemic Periods and the United Nations Population Fund Adolescent and Youth
Technical Division will convene an action-orientated workshop focusing on the future of menstrual health in global policy during the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Menstrual health is the gateway to promoting sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), building body autonomy and self-efficacy, elevating women’s leadership, and growing health literacy. However, its full potential has not been recognised by global leaders. In 2023, WHO turned 75, and it has been nearly 30 years since the International Conference on Population Development (1994), held in Cairo, which acknowledged that SRH should include aspects of human rights and dignity. Yet, as global health leaders convene in New York for the 78th UNGA, there is still a lack of commitment to driving meaningful change by prioritising menstrual health (including menstrual disorders, perimenopause, and menopause).
This workshop will bring together global sexual and reproductive health, WASH, education, gender equality, universal health coverage and human rights leaders to reflect on mid-point of UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how menstrual health can be captured in the next generation of development goals. Attendees will include representatives from policy, research, civil society, UN entities, and communications.
This facilitated open forum discussion will aim to explore how do we get menstrual health onto the agenda by framing it as a human right and public health issue – reflecting on what has worked, what opportunities are available, and how we can drive action.