Menstruation at the Margins: Three Days of Reflection on Lake Geneva

By Purvaja S. Kavattur, Staff Associate at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights How much do we understand about the lived experiences of menstruating people who live in poverty, in detention, on the move, with a disability, or who experience homelessness? Do we address the needs and experiences of menstruators who identify as trans, … Continue reading Menstruation at the Margins: Three Days of Reflection on Lake Geneva

Do Menstrual Health and Hygiene Policies Matter? – A Human Rights Assessment

By Purvaja S. Kavattur, Staff Associate at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights In November 2019, Kenya adopted the world’s first stand-alone policy on menstrual hygiene. India has been integrating menstrual hygiene efforts in its sanitation policies for more than 10 years. And in the United States, we are counting down the States … Continue reading Do Menstrual Health and Hygiene Policies Matter? – A Human Rights Assessment

Period: End of Sentence Critical Panel: The Inconvenient, Bloody Truth Behind the Oscar-Winning Documentary

By: Laura Charney, RightsViews staff writer Repost from RightsViews. Original article can be found on the RightsViews blog. On September 26, the Menstruation and Gender Justice Working Group hosted a film screening and critical panel on the Oscar-winning documentary short Period: End of Sentence. Moderated by Inga Winkler, lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Human … Continue reading Period: End of Sentence Critical Panel: The Inconvenient, Bloody Truth Behind the Oscar-Winning Documentary

Menstruation, Gender and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches – Syllabus and Course Updates

The course will explore the contemporary discourse around menstruation in global and local contexts. The recent shift in public discourse around menstruation is crucial because efforts to support menstruators across the lifespan not only confer health benefits but also provide a key entry point for gender justice. Centering menstruation recognizes the body as foundational, urgent … Continue reading Menstruation, Gender and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches – Syllabus and Course Updates

Job Opportunity: Menstrual Health Staff Associate

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights is currently hiring a Staff Associate with primary responsibility for supporting the Menstrual Health Project. Countries around the world are developing legislative and policy frameworks on menstrual hygiene and health covering different aspects such as menstrual hygiene, de-taxing menstrual products, menstrual leave, or ensuring provision of menstrual … Continue reading Job Opportunity: Menstrual Health Staff Associate

Columbia University Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award: “Menstruation, Gender, and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches”

Faculty Fellows of the Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference have received the Provost's Interdisciplinary Teaching Award to develop a course on “Menstruation, Gender, and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” The award funds up to $20,000 with the intention of "encourag[ing] and support[ing] faculty interested in creating new courses, or redesigning existing ones, that … Continue reading Columbia University Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award: “Menstruation, Gender, and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches”

Call for Submissions: Multifaceted Menstruation Interdisciplinary Workshop

submit here! Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2019 Date of workshop: November 22, 2019  The current momentum around menstruation has drawn together scholars, activists, policymakers, health practitioners, and entrepreneurs--each differently invested in menstrual health. Over the past year, the Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group has brought together Columbia University researchers across different departments … Continue reading Call for Submissions: Multifaceted Menstruation Interdisciplinary Workshop

Working Group gives plenary panel at 2019 Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference

Blog post and photographs contributed by Adrienne Pichon. On June 6th, 2019, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research hosted it's biennial conference in Colorado Springs, CO. The conference, titled Traversing the Ridge: Connecting Menstrual Research and Advocacy, focused on "enabling scholarly and advocacy-based menstrual health and justice work to mutually inform one another". Fellows from … Continue reading Working Group gives plenary panel at 2019 Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference

Carrying on the Flow

This article was originally published on April 24, 2019 on Impaktor.com as a part of a series on the Sustainable Development Goals. The original article may be found here. Co-authored by Inga Winkler & Sydney Amoakoh. Expanding the Discourse on Menstruation in the Sustainable Development and Human Rights Agendas If 2015 was the year the period … Continue reading Carrying on the Flow

CDEP-CGEG 2019 Working Paper Series: Pupil Absenteeism, Measurement, and Menstruation: Evidence from Western Kenya by Anja Benshaul‐Tolonen

The Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of a working paper by fellow Anja Tolonen. The paper is part of a larger series of working papers in development economics co-sponsored by the Columbia University Center for Development Economics and Policy and the Center for Global Economic Governance. This … Continue reading CDEP-CGEG 2019 Working Paper Series: Pupil Absenteeism, Measurement, and Menstruation: Evidence from Western Kenya by Anja Benshaul‐Tolonen