From Stigma to Dignity Menstruation, Incontinence and other Blind Spots in Human Development


Girls at a SCA and WSSCC led workshop at the Volvo Ocean Race stop-over in Haikou, China. Photo: Michelle Landen/SCA

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Event details:

  • 24 June, 15:00
  • The SCA Pavilion in the Volvo Ocean Race Village,
    Frihamnen, Gothenburg
  • Moderator: Linda Nyberg, VP Media Relations, SCA


15:00 –15:05 Welcome & Introduction

15:05 –15:20 Promoting Improved Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for
Global Development Marie Ottosson, Assistant DG and Head of Sida's
Department for International Organisations and Policy Support

15:20 –15:35 Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls: Policy, Practice
and the way forward Archana Patkar, Programme Manager, Networking and
Knowledge Management, WSSCC

15:35 –15:45 What does it take to Break Taboos? Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen,
Chief Executive, WaterAid Sweden

15:45 –16:00 New Solutions for Improved Hygiene and Sanitation: The Business
Perspective Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, SCA

16:00 –16:05 What has Sailing got to do with Breaking Taboos?
Joséphine Edwall-Björklund, Senior Vice President, Group Communications, SCA

16:05 –16:30 Discussion

16:30 Refreshments and networking

Please RSVP to Emily Deschaine:


In 2014-15, SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, partnered with the UN body Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), which is supported by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), to break the silence around the taboo of menstrual hygiene management.

SCA is participating with the all-female Team SCA in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, which finishes in Gothenburg in late June. The SCA-WSSCC partnership has used informational seminars and menstrual hygiene trainings with local girls and women to help break the silence, as well as advocacy via the media and with local advocates in South Africa, China, USA, Portugal, the Netherlands, and now, Sweden.

As a leading development agency, Sida has been at the forefront globally for action and awareness on the impacts of inadequate sanitation and hygiene on overall economic development, as well as on the possibilities of sanitation and hygiene in its different forms to contribute to results in other crucial areas including health, gender equality, human rights, education, environment and employment.

Arranged by SCA and WSSCC in connection with the Gothenburg Finale of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, with participation by Sida in support of global efforts towards sustainable Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).