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Taboo around menstrual hygiene discussed in Lisbon

08 Jun 2015

Catarina de Albuquerque, SWA Vice-Chair, participated in an event on menstrual hygiene management in Lisbon on 4 June. The event was organized by SCA, a leading company in hygiene and forest products, and SWA’s partners WSSCC. The main focus was the need for innovative partnerships to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries, especially when it comes to menstrual hygiene and breaking the silence around the topic. The seminar coincided with a stopover in Lisbon of Team SCA, the only women's team competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2015.

We must put menstrual hygiene management on the table, discuss it in different fora – including human rights fora – and break the taboo. Unless menstrual hygiene management is addressed, the rights to water and sanitation, and other related rights, cannot be realized.” Ms de Albuquerque said.

Read Ms de Albuquerque’s speech in English or Portuguese.

To know more about WSSCC’s menstrual hygiene work.