Date: 2-3 March 2020
Venue: Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Creating Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity
Menstruation is a natural biological process that women undergo during a major period of their lives. Because of its connection with fertility and pregnancy, menstruation is closely linked with womanhood suggesting some of the fundamental differences between men and women at many levels including physical, emotional and psychological. It is no wonder then that over the ages, menstruation and related practices have figured significantly in the evolving perceptions of different societies and cultures across the world toward women, man-woman relationships, and the place and role of women in society as a whole.
In the past few years, promoting menstrual hygiene and health, especially among the girls and women in developing countries, has suddenly become an ‘in-thing.’ In addition to the campaigns being led by various NGOs, CSRs, and other social agencies, the United Nations too has been supporting this important cause. Given that menstrual health is often closely connected with not only the reproductive health but overall sense of well-being of girls and women, any well-meaning effort to promote menstrual health is welcome because it is a step toward improving overall public health in the society.
This two day workshop designed by SAFIC and coorganised by Center for Women Studies, Pondicherry University is to address several of the issues discussed above. This aims to promote a deeper awareness and cultivate a greater cultural sensitivity toward various issues related to menstruation, and menstrual health and hygiene practices.