Please join the Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group, the Center for the Study of Social Difference, and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights for an interdisciplinary workshop on November 22, 2019 entitled "Multifaceted Menstruation".
Please join the Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group for a screening of 'PERIOD. End of Sentence,' the Oscar-winning documentary about menstruation. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Lauren Houghton, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Shobita Parthasarathy, Professor of Public Policy at University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Emily Hoppes, Program and Partnerships Coordinator at Huru International
While the film focuses on the production of pads, ensuring menstrual health requires reaching far beyond that. Our panel will address critical questions related to menstrual stigma, agency, and power relations. How can we use the current attention to menstruation to bring about transformative change that advances gender justice?
Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality
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Please join CSSD working group Menstrual Health and Gender Justice in welcoming Chris Bobel to speak about her new book "The Managed Body: Developing Girls & Menstrual Health in the Global South.”
”The Managed Body" productively complicates ‘menstrual hygiene management’ (MHM)—a growing social movement to support menstruating girls in the Global South. Bobel offers an invested critique of the complicated discourses of MHM including its conceptual and practical links with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) development sector, human rights and ‘the girling of development.’ Drawing on analysis of in-depth interviews, participant observations and the digital materials of NGOs and social businesses, Bobel shows how MHM frames problems and solutions to capture attention and direct resources to this highly-tabooed topic. She asserts that MHM organizations often inadvertently rely upon weak evidence and spectacularized representations to make the claim of a ‘hygienic crisis’ that authorizes rescue. And, she argues, the largely product-based solutions that follow fail to challenge the social construction of the menstrual body as dirty and in need of concealment. While cast as fundamental to preserving girls’ dignity, MHM prioritizes ‘technological fixes’ that teach girls to discipline their developing bodies vis a vis consumer culture, a move that actually accommodates more than it resists the core problem of menstrual stigma.
Bobel is an associate professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is a faculty fellow in the MHGJ working group. You can read more about Bobel and view selected publications here.
Books will be available for purchase.
Food will be provided.
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Please note, the location of this event has changed. It will now be held at:
Hammer Science Building, Room 401
701 W 168th St, NYC 10032
A series to explore public health topics through the lens of different religious faiths. This event is co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health, the Office of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Menstrual Health & Gender Justice.
This panel will bring together experts on menstrual health – established and emerging
scholars as well as practitioners. While research on menstruation is not new, the current
momentum creates new opportunities.