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On Tuesday, 19 May, WSSCC welcomed four representatives of Taiwan’s International Youth Ambassador Exchange Program for a learning and sharing session on the issue of menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
The students are in Geneva participating in the 64th World Health Assembly (WHA). During the session at WSSCC, Ms. Rockaya Aidara, Programme Officer for Policy, Advocacy and Communications, discussed how widespread ignorance of menstrual hygiene negatively impacts the well-being of adolescent girls and women, and contributes to their marginalisation.
She also presented some of the findings of WSSCC’s ongoing joint work programme with UN-Women on improving knowledge, attitudes and practices on menstrual hygiene management in West Africa.
The ambassadors programme exists to encourage Taiwanese youth to enhance global awareness of Taiwan’s role in worldwide cultural exchanges, humanitarian aid, peacemaking, technological innovation, and trade and business The youth ambassador program was created in 2009 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Isabel Wang, one of the ambassadors who is with the International Master in International Communication Studies programme at National Chengchi University in Taipei, said the group found the learning and sharing session “fruitful”, and that the students learned about the importance of breaking taboos around the issue menstrual hygiene management.
"The session was truly informative for us. We learned the quintessence of the structure of WSSCC as well the urgent need for quality menstrual hygiene management. It is especially a crucial part of health and development work internationally."
Mr. David Trouba, acting Programme Manager for Advocacy and Communications, also presented the history, vision and operational approach of WSSCC. He congratulated them for taking time from their busy WHA agenda to learn more about a topic that is starting to gain traction internationally as an entry point for improved livelihoods for women and girls everywhere.
Their visit was arranged by Mr. Gordon C. H. Yang, Section Chief, Project Planning Section, Department of Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), and Mr. Richard Huang of the MOF’s Taipei Delegation in Geneva.