Menstrual health education is an essential component of comprehensive sexuality education and underscore the importance of providing girls, women and people who menstruate with accurate and timely information, hygiene products and services throughout the full life course.
The year 2021 saw menstrual health (MH) taking its rightful place at the centre of the development and humanitarian agendas. The ACMH is honoured to have been involved in many of these interventions, whether playing a key role, facilitating theirdevelopment, or by cheering from the side lines. Our internal reflections show that the coalition is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the continent. In the year ahead, in addition to keeping up the momentum, we aim to strengthen our communication and interfacing between different task forces, while also refining our strategic focus areas.
The African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management and UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office, in partnership with other partners, convened the second African Symposium on Menstrual Health. The virtual symposium took place from May 25 to May 27, 2021, bringing together 717 participants from 75 countries worldwide, the majority of them from Africa. The symposium took stock of progress since the inaugural Africa Menstrual Health Symposium in 2018 and provided a platform to strengthen partnerships for advocacy and collective action and promote shared learning and innovation across Africa. The event included high-level plenary sessions, country-led sessions, and concurrent sessions....
A poem on menstrual health by Teardrops.
A moving poem by Anisie Byukusenge, a visually impaired young woman.
Eswatini artist KrTC of Hip Hop delivers a spoken word poem on the myths and taboos around menstruation.
Kenyan rapper, entrepreneur and philanthropist King Kaka describes an initiative, the Sanitary Pad Charity campaign, to empower women, girls and boys with information and distribute free sanitary towels to girls across the country to help keep them in school. In 2010, he launched an initiative dubbed the Dreams Campaign, which fights social vices like child molestation and gender-based violence. He is a champion against period poverty. A film by Lisa Russell.
A beautiful spoken word performance by Zuhura, the African Lioness, a poet from Tanzania, on the power of menstruation.