Session Date: April 22, 2021
Session Description: Globally, women who are employed in work environments that do not support adequate menstrual hygiene management (MHM) experience significant challenges to their health and well-being, as well as to their economic outcomes such as work attendance, performance, advancement, and earnings. This session will present key findings from formative research and baseline assessments in four workplaces in Nepal and Kenya, collected to design, implement and evaluate interventions seeking to improve women’s ability to manage their periods in the workplace. Early findings reveal that women face many challenges, such as restrictive gendered social norms, taboos and stigma related to menstruation, and a lack of knowledge about menstruation/body literacy and sexual and reproductive health. The session will describe the intervention and research design, including a novel social cost-benefit analysis study that seeks to build the business case for improving MHM in the workplace.