Report Launch & Webinar: "Let's Talk Periods: Understanding Period Poverty as a Human Rights Issue"

May 25 2021 Posted: 11:49 IST

Over the last few years, period poverty and menstrual justice have been highlighted as human rights issues by various non-governmental organizations, media outlets, health institutions and by some policymakers. Although greatly overlooked by states, period poverty affects many trans and non-binary persons, women, and girls, denying them access to safe/hygienic sanitary products and the right to manage their periods with dignity. Period poverty is further exacerbated by societal stigma, shame, and inequality.

Adopting a human rights framework to understand and address period poverty helps us to look beyond mere access to and distribution of period products and to also consider its interconnectedness to the right to education, work, privacy, and dignity. The inclusion of a human rights perspective in all discussions of period poverty will hopefully enable members of the public to see the right to Menstrual Hygiene Management as an issue of state responsibility and not something to be addressed solely through charity and donations.  

On Thursday 27thMay 2021,LLM researchers at the ICHR, Amanie Issa, Chinyere Constance Obinna and Oluwatoyosi Ayodele, will launch their research report which analyses the rights violations arising from period poverty in Ireland and makes recommendations to Government.

The webinar, titled Let's Talk Periods: Understanding Period Poverty as a Human Rights Issue’, will include panellists from Plan International,Homeless Period IrelandAny Time of the Month and The Hygiene Bank Galway. 

In addition to launching their report, the aim of the webinar is to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and consider practical pathways for the elimination of period poverty in Ireland and globally. 

Date: Thursday 27th May 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5.30pm GMT (Irish time)

Venue: Zoom

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