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Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries

Marni Sommer; Sahani Chandraratna; Sue Cavill; Therese Mahon; Penelope A. Phillips-Howard

Title:
Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries
Author(s):
Sommer, Marni
Chandraratna, Sahani
Cavill, Sue
Mahon, Therese
Phillips-Howard, Penelope A.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Sociomedical Sciences
Volume:
15
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
International Journal for Equity in Health
Geographic Area:
Developing countries
Abstract:
The potential menstrual hygiene management barriers faced by adolescent girls and women in workplace environments in low- and middle-income countries has been under addressed in research, programming and policy. Despite global efforts to reduce poverty among women in such contexts, there has been insufficient attention to the water and sanitation related barriers, specifically in relation to managing monthly menstruation, that may hinder girls’ and women’s contributions to the workplace, and their health and wellbeing. There is an urgent need to document the specific social and environmental barriers they may be facing in relation to menstrual management, to conduct a costing of the implications of inadequate supportive workplace environments for menstrual hygiene management, and to understand the implications for girls’ and women’s health and wellbeing. This will provide essential evidence for guiding national policy makers, the private sector, donors and activists focused on advancing girls’ and women’s rights.
Subject(s):
Public health
Health care management
Menstruation
Feminine hygiene products
Women--Health and hygiene
Work environment
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-016-0379-8
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Suggested Citation:
Marni Sommer, Sahani Chandraratna, Sue Cavill, Therese Mahon, Penelope A. Phillips-Howard, , Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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