Unraveling the Menstrual Concealment Myth

By Mary Olson Mary Olson is a rising senior at Columbia University, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Human Rights. In addition to researching menstruation, Mary enjoys studying economic development, following drama at the Federal Reserve, and reminding her peers that her home state of Minnesota is not “flyover country.”  Despite today’s economic turbulence, there is one … Continue reading Unraveling the Menstrual Concealment Myth

The default body is extinct. Today’s bodies menstruate.

By Alexis Buncich Alexis Buncich is a senior at Columbia University studying English, with a focus on theater and human rights. Her work has also been published by The Columbia Daily Spectator and on her personal blog, abunchoflife.com. The gender gap in medical research is well known. Research is conducted on bodies that all fit into the … Continue reading The default body is extinct. Today’s bodies menstruate.

The COVID-19 ‘Baby Boom,’ Contraception and Why I Could Not Wait for my First ‘Quarantine Period’

By Nay Alhelou Nay Alhelou is a Human Rights Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and an MA candidate in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersection of human rights, health and social factors. If you’ve been spending any time on your social media while in quarantine, … Continue reading The COVID-19 ‘Baby Boom,’ Contraception and Why I Could Not Wait for my First ‘Quarantine Period’

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