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Global Community Must ‘Holistically’ Address Issues Of Menstrual Health, Hygiene

U.N. Dispatch: Let’s Talk About Menstrual Hygiene
Thorsten Kiefer, founder and CEO of WASH United, and Gabrielle Fitzgerald, founder and CEO of Panorama, discuss the stigma associated with and lack of discussion surrounding menstrual health and hygiene, writing, “[I]t is imperative for the global community to approach the issue [of menstrual health and hygiene] holistically. … As a global community, it is our responsibility to invest in the research to understand the links between menstruation and social and physical health outcomes. In parallel, we must also advocate for unrepresented issues affecting the daily lives of women and girls. These approaches are not mutually exclusive, but should reinforce each other” (5/28).

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