On April 10, 2018, RMF Pakistan Program Manager Afshan Bhatti presented at the seventh South Asian Conference on Sanitation. The topic of her presentation was “Path to an Equal World: Mainstreaming MHM in Education and Health.”
Afshan emphasized that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a fundamental human right and is essential in achieving equality for women in any field. Girls from rural and urban communities need to have a voice in development of policies and plans. Afshan’s presentation was based on her research with RMF, including the recommendations provided by girls for mainstreaming MHM in health and education. She concluded that every girl and woman should be allowed to access accurate and pragmatic information on MHM to enable them to exercise choice.
As part of the research project, a Pakistan Girls’ Puberty Book is being developed to provide girls with accurate, practical information on puberty. The book is currently at the provincial ministries for approval as a supplementary reader.
Afshan will speak again at SACOSAN 7 on April 12, 2018 on the theme of “The Sociology of Sanitation.”