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Malawi Menstrual Health Advocacy Activation Meeting held on International Day of the Girl

On October 11, International Day of the Girl 2021, under the theme "Digital Generation: Technology and Innovation,'' key stakeholders met in Malawi for an “Advocacy Activation Meeting” focused on advancing menstrual equity. Her Excellency, the First Lady of Malawi, Madam Monica Chakwera’s foundation, Shaping Our Future Foundation (SOFF), UNFPA, and Days for Girls (DfG) Malawi sponsored the meeting. Deputy Minister of Labour, Vera Kamtukule, was the guest of honor and reiterated the government's commitment to achieving menstrual equality. She commended SOFF and DfGs for advocating that girls have MH education and access to menstrual products. SOFF and DfG shared experiences of how many young girls are suffering because of menstrual inequality.

One stakeholder marveled that he never knew menstruation was a barrier and pledged to amplify this message. Stakeholders committed to working with local leaders, as custodians of cultural practices, to establish bylaws and use existing structures to address eradicating harmful traditional practices and myths associated with menstruation. SOFF, UNFPA, and DfG will follow up on commitments made as they continue their MH work in communities.

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.