SuSanA News - MH Day Edition 2023   
Menstrual Hygiene Day: Join the Global Day of Action!
Still relevant, intersectoral and on the rise.
Dear SuSanA members and friends,

we are thrilled to bring you this special edition of the SuSanA Newsletter, dedicated to Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) on May 28th!

This MH Day Special SuSanA News Edition features inspiring contributions from the global MH Day Secretariat and our SuSanA partners and members, who are active in the field of breaking the taboo around menstruation and improving menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) around the world. Just in time for #MHDay2023, we proudly present the fourth edition of our comprehensive resource collection on MHH, filled with key resources, links, and materials for anyone interested.

In addition to celebrating MH Day, we are excited to share with you some recaps of the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, CSE Conclave in Delhi, All System Connect in The Hague and the 5th WOPs Congress in Bonn. We are also excited to announce the upcoming 33rd SuSanA meeting, scheduled for August 20th. Stay tuned for further updates and details!

Enjoy exploring this special edition of our SuSanA News and celebrate #MHDay2023 with us!

Yours sincerely,
Arne, Alexandra, Daphne, Teresa, Philipp and Vincent
on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat
Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Relevant, Intersectoral and on the Rise
Launch of new SuSanA publication #MHDay2023
Exciting news for all Menstrual Health and Hygiene enthusiasts! The 4th edition of a comprehensive compilation of MHH resources is launched, providing an overview and categorization of the key resources available to date. This publication brings together a wealth of resources, including research, case studies, project examples, and informational materials for everyone interested. Its purpose is to offer interested individuals and organizations a comprehensive overview of the most relevant publications on MHH and various opportunities to engage. Enjoy reading and exploring and share your own resources, events, announces on the Forum below.
Get your campaign materials now!
WASH United / MH Day Secretariat
This year’s MH Day campaign materials include new ready-to-use motifs, a new sticker-style MH Day logo, illustrated icons, updated Menstruation Bracelets and much more. The set of ready-to use motifs covers all thematic areas including ending period stigma, access to period products, education and period-friendly toilets. The brand-new icons of the MH Day Secretariat, the 2023 bracelets, or logo are versatile and easy to use, include them in your images, social posts, presentations and more to show your support for MH Day!
Priority List of Indicators for Girls’ Menstrual Health and Hygiene
Technical Guidance for National Monitoring
To support countries to monitor progress on MHH for adolescent girls in and out of school, a global collaboration of MHH experts worked together with key stakeholders and leaders from four exemplar countries to develop a short list of priority indicators These indicators monitor MHH across priority domains and are intended to enable comparability across countries and over time.

Adequate and validated indicators are essential for tracking progress on addressing MHH as an important health, education, gender equality, and WASH issue. Monitor your menstrual health and hygiene using activities based on priority indicators and measures for advancing girls' menstrual health and hygiene to support national and global monitoring.
Menstruation in a Global Context
edX Online Course
In 2021, edX launched an online course on Menstruation in a Global Context, which reviews menstrual health and hygiene research, programming, & policies from around the world. The Gender, Adolescent Transitions and Environment (GATE) Program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is offering a number of scholarships for select applicants to take the verified track (certificate) option of our edX online course, "Menstruation in a Global Context: Addressing Policy and Practice," for FREE! A scholarship (value: USD 50) will only be offered to a select number of applicants from low- and middle income-countries. Interested individuals should complete the brief form below to be considered. All application submissions are due by midnight EST on MONDAY, MAY 29, 2023.
Periods @ work: Making the case for period-friendly workplaces!
30th May 2023, 6-8pm (CEST), Berlin, Germany
The GIZ Staff Initiative MenstruAction cordially invites you to the event "Periods @ work - Making the case for period-friendly workplaces!" Join them on May 30, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the GIZ Representation in Berlin. Together with speakers from WASH United, Bayer AG, Menssäkrad, the District Administration Berlin Pankow, and more, we will explore how to promote progress towards period-friendly workplaces, including the provision of free menstrual products, and foster a more equitable workplace for all. Write an email to to reserve a spot.
Diversity – Red Alert: How to ensure full meaningful participation with a Human Rights Based Approach
30th May 2023, 11am-12:30pm (CEST)
This event celebrates International Menstrual Hygiene Day as part of EU Diversity Month. It aims to offer a safe and open space for debate and discussion on equality and diversity in the European Commission and in the world at large. The overarching goal of this event is to discuss and highlight good practices that ensure diversity by safeguarding that no one is held back because they menstruate. It will showcase examples to strengthen meaningful participation by everyone that aims to combat Period Poverty, enhance the Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP III).
Women Deliver 2023 conference: spaces, solidarity, and solutions.
17-20 July 2023
The Women Deliver 2023 Conference will take place in-person in Kigali, Rwanda, as well as virtually, from 17-20 July 2023. Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women, in all their intersecting identities.

There will be a booth and a high-level side-event focused on Menstrual Health and Hygiene, hosted by WASH United and GIZ. Policy briefs on GBV, SRHR, Girls' Education, and Women's Economic Empowerment will also be launched, with contributions from GIZ, WASH United, World Bank, USAID, and more.

Don't miss the Women Deliver 2023 Arts & Film Festival, showcasing short films and clips from the #LetsTalkPERIOD social media campaigns. Join us to make an impact on gender equality and MHH for all at Women Deliver 2023.
SuSanA at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New-York
19-24 March 2023
The SuSanA Secretariat, along with members and partners of the network, attended the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York, advocating for improved sanitation and hygiene. Key discussions included WASH and health, the WASH workforce, women's empowerment, menstrual health and hygiene, sanitation workers, climate-resilient sanitation, and inclusive sanitation. The conference highlighted the growing importance of sanitation and hygiene, with packed sessions on inclusive sanitation and menstrual health. The conference serves as inspiration for action, urging leaders and organizations to fulfil commitments in the WASH sector. Resources and event overviews are available for those who missed the conference. Thank you to all who participated in New York and at the SuSanA meetings and sessions!
SuSanA at the CSE Conclave in Delhi
24-28 April 2023
We express our gratitude to our esteemed partner, the Center for Sciences and Environment (CSE India) for inviting SuSanA to the 2023 Policy & Practice Forum. We were represented by the Global Steering Committee, the Secretariat, the Forum and the India and Africa Regional Chapters. Our contributions covered several important topics, including urban sanitation, sanitation and climate, resources recovery, and inclusive sanitation. The Forum served as a platform to promote South-South dialogue and knowledge exchange between India and Africa, particularly through the SuSanA India Chapter Meeting. In addition, the much-anticipated in-person SFD PI meeting finally took place, providing invaluable insights into SFD experiences across multiple countries and sparking engaging discussions on the potential and future of the tool. We look forward to repeating this enriching experience!
SuSanA at All Systems Connect Symposium 2023 in The Hague
2-4 May 2023
The SuSanA Secretariat recently attended the All Systems Connect Symposium 2023 in The Hague, actively contributing to sessions and panel discussions focused on youth and women's employment, as well as decolonising the WASH narrative. We shared valuable insights from the Stronger Together initiative, which aims to empower women in the WASH sector, and highlighted the importance of regional exchanges and decentralised discussions through SuSanA regional chapters. In collaboration with other WASH and women's networks, SuSanA once again provided a space for women to connect, mingle and expand their professional networks. The event was a resounding success, and we extend our sincere appreciation to IRC, Water for People and Water for Good for their exceptional organisation of this remarkable symposium.
SuSanA at the 5th Global WOPs Congress and General Assembly in Bonn
22-25 May 2023
UN-Habitat’s GWOPA convened the global water and sanitation utility community at the 5th Global WOPs Congress in Bonn, Germany, on 22-25 May 2023. Reliable water and sanitation services are critical in difficult times, yet conflict, rapid population growth, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and an enduring pandemic are complicating the work of operators.
The congress provided a platform to water, and sanitation practitioners to discuss how collaboration between operators can help them navigate these challenges. SuSanA contributed with three sessions on gender, sanitation workers, and wastewater monitoring. SuSanA side-events were also organized within the conference, including a women mentoring breakfast and a lunch meeting to discuss how to make SuSanA more relevant to technicians, operators, and utilities staff.
WASH Network Circle Meeting
23 May 2023
The concept of a WASH meta-network, also known as a 'Network Circle', was initiated in 2022 to provide a platform for key networks in the sector to collaborate, harmonise their activities and identify synergies. SuSanA took the opportunity of the Global WOPs Congress in Bonn to invite several WASH networks, including FSMA, IWA, GWOPA, SaniHUB, SWEP, pS-Eau, WIN and SSWM, to a hybrid meeting at the GIZ offices. We are very excited to see the Network Circle taking shape and look forward to the collaborative work and outcomes for a more coordinated, synergistic, and cohesive WASH sector.
Humanitarian Sanitation Hub (SaniHub)
Launch of new platform on WASH in humanitarian contexts
There’s a new platform on WASH in humanitarian contexts! The Global WASH Cluster's Technical Working Group on Faecal Sludge Management identified the need for a comprehensive platform on humanitarian sanitation. This led to the creation of the Humanitarian Sanitation Hub (Sani-Hub), supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by a project consortium consisting of BORDA, CAWST, Eawag, IHE Delft, Netherlands Red Cross and Solidarités International under the leadership of the German Toilet Organization. The Sani-Hub aims at bringing together all available global knowledge on planning and implementing sanitation and faecal sludge management in emergencies and enables humanitarian WASH practitioners with simple, quick and easy access to relevant resources and tools.
“Sanitation Plus”
SuSanA WANA Chapter Webinar Series
We happily invite you to the upcoming “Sanitation Plus” webinars by the SuSanA Regional Chapter West Asia and North Africa (WANA) as well as WG WASAM of the GIZ Mediterranean Environmental Sector Network (SN MEN-REM), taking place between monthly until August 2023. The first webinar kicked-off in May with a session on Urban and Rural Sanitation Challenges in the WANA Region. The next three webinars are on the topics of sanitation workers' rights and social justice, sustainable sanitation solutions in emergency contexts and sanitation in the context of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. The objectives of the webinar series include sharing examples of intersectional and cross-cutting sanitation issues, encouraging participation, amplifying expert voices, and fostering exchange among countries in the WANA region.
Save the date: 33rd SuSanA Meeting
20 August 2023, Stockholm, Sweden (hybrid)
Save the date for Sunday, 20 August 2023, for an exciting day of learning and exchange at the 33rd SuSanA meeting, prior the World Water Week 2023! This year, we're offering a hybrid format in Stockholm and online, with insightful sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more detailed information and spread the word to your colleagues and peers. We can't wait to see you there or online!
Celebrating 400 partners
We are thrilled to announce that the SuSanA network has reached 400 partner organisations! Thank you to our community for your commitment to sustainable sanitation, and for helping us contribute to the SDGs.
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