WASH Forum May series: Menstrual Hygiene Management, Men in Menstruation
As a continuation of regular activities, Paschim Paaila in collaboration with ENPHO, successfully conducted the 41st WASH Forum on “Menstrual Hygiene Management: Men in Menstruation” to coincide with the World Menstrual Hygiene Day. The program was conducted on 27 May 2016 at ENPHO Hall, New Baneshwor. Mr. Ankit Aryal, Advocacy Officer of ENPHO resided as the resource person and delivered a presentation addressing the main objectives of the forum; specifics on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), issues and challenges on MHM, and the role of men in menstruation.
Mr. Tej Kiran Joshi, Technical Coordinator of Paschim Paaila/ Senior Resource Center Associate of ENPHO, delivered a welcome note and highlighted the objective of Paschim Paaila and WASH Forum. Mr. Ankit Aryal shared myths, and taboos associated with menstruation and highlighted restriction placed on females during their menses in Afghanistan, India, and Nepal. Mr. Aryal further linked MHM with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Altogether, 21 participants from various colleges and institutions attended the interactive forum. During the event, participants shared anecdotes and opinions related to MHM. One of the female participants shared her thoughts on menstruation as a natural biological change seen in females and emphasized on the fact that she was never embarrassed to talk about menstruation with male and female friends, family members, and colleagues.