A Call for Action on Menstrual Hygiene: UN Women & WSSCC Experts to Present Roadmap


On Friday, March 13, the Permanent Missions of Singapore and Senegal to the United Nations will host a discussion on the links between gender equality and the WASH sector, to articulate the need for health, education, water, and sanitation services as a prerequisite to economic progress for women and girls, societies, and economies. The event will feature a moderated discussion with Government representatives, policymakers, and other practitioners, who will address the relevance of this issue in the post-2015 agenda.

This event will aim to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding sanitation and menstrual hygiene management, and highlight country case studies to better understand the nature and consequences of the problem, and how to address them. It draws upon the Open Work Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Secretary General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 development agenda.

Introduction by: HE Ambassador Karen Tan, Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Featured speakers: 

  • HE Mr. Mansour Faye, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senegal 
  • Ms. Begona Lasagabaster, Director Governance and Leadership Section, UN Women
  • Dr. Chris Williams, Executive Director of the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
  • Dr. Rokhaya Cisse, Sociologist, University of Dakar, Senegal
  • Dr. Robert Dreilbelbis, Researcher, Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE)
  • Archana Patkar, Programme Manager, WSSCC (Moderator)

Closing remarks by: HE Ambassador Fode Seck, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representativeof Senegal to the United Nations

WHEN:  March 13th, 13:15-14:30 Hours

WHERE: Conference Room 9, UN Headquarters, New York

RSVP: Please email rockaya.aidara@wsscc.org to RSVP for this event

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council is at the heart of the global movement to improve sanitation and hygiene, so that all people can enjoy healthy and productive lives. Established in 1990, WSSCC is the only United Nations body devoted solely to the sanitation needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized people. In collaboration with our members in 150 countries, WSSCC advocates for the billions of people worldwide who lack access to good sanitation, shares solutions that empower communities, and operates the Global Sanitation Fund, which since 2008 has committed $108 million to transform lives in developing countries. 

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