Menstruation in the Workplace
All over the world, people who menstruate experience challenges managing their periods, especially those who live and work in environments that do not support adequate menstrual health and hygiene (MHH). For working women, these challenges may have critical implications for their health and general well-being, as well as for economic outcomes such as work attendance, performance, advancement, and earnings.
To better understand the relationship between women’s opportunities for economic empowerment and growth and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), a subset of USAID’s holistic approach to MHH, USAID’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) conducted action research to assess the benefits and costs of improved MHM in the workplace, both for women workers and the enterprises that employ them. The action research sought to contribute to the body of knowledge on how to improve and measure MHM in the workplace, with a focus on gender-related sanitation outcomes and barriers that affect women’s ability to enter or remain in the workforce, including gendered social norms around menstruation and MHM.
The activity also conducted a cost-benefit analysis to measure the benefits to employers of investing in creating a more menstruation-friendly workplace, and conducted metrics field testing to develop a recommended short set of survey questions to help the global community better understand the impacts of menstruation in the workplace.
- Project Overview two-pager
- Desk review report
- Menstrual Disposal, Waste Management & Laundering in Emergencies: A Compendium
- Advancement Of Metrics For Menstrual Hygiene Management In The Workplace – Presentation Of Findings
- Advancement Of Metrics For Menstrual Hygiene Management In The Workplace Final Report
Webinars and Events
- Webinar recording: MHM in the Workplace Evidence Review
- Measuring Menstrual Health and Hygiene, UNC Water & Health Conference
- Engaging men to improve workplace MHH in Kenya, British Academy menstruation conference
- Improving menstrual health and hygiene through workplace interventions: Evidence from Kenya & Nepal, UNC Water & Health Conference
- Going with the Flow at Work: Preliminary Lessons from Menstrual Hygiene Management in Workplaces in Kenya and Nepal, GHTechX
- Menstruation in the Workplace: An Overlooked Issue, Period Posse
Blogs & Articles
- Dignified Menstruation in the Workplace
- News story about Nepal close out event
- Managing Menstruation Delivers Dignity and Opportunity