WSSCC, WaterAid and the Netherlands bring WASH, MHM to European Development Days on 5 June

Date: 2nd June 2018

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WSSCC, with partners WaterAid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is co-hosting a special session at the European Development Days on the potential for WASH to empower women and girls, and more specifically looking at Menstrual Hygiene Management.

The session will examine how millions of women and girls today lack the facilities, materials and information to manage the simple but vital biological acts of defecation and, especially, menstruation. In much of the world, menstruation means stigma, taboo and shame, keeping women from work and girls from school. This stigma, taboo and shame deny not only health and education; it denies dignity.

There is good news: access to sanitation, hygiene and knowledge are proven drivers of life-long empowerment for adolescent girls. Focusing on real-life experiences and the latest evidence, the session will boast a dynamic, change-making dialogue between development partners, government representatives, women champions and academia.




  • Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen (moderator), Chief Executive, WaterAid Sweden
  • Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
  • Trisha Shetty, UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goal 5, Founder & CEO
  • SheSays
  • Carmen Hagenaars, Deputy Director Inclusive Green Growth Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Nazi Kivutha, Shina Foundation
  • Louise Berg, Lecturer, Sibship

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