My friend and colleague, Chris Bobel covered a lot of ground on last week’s radio interview. If you want to find out what an international group of menstrual health advocates is up to – this is the interview to listen to. Menstrual health is a reproductive justice issue. Menstruation is a human right. Period.
Find out more about the upcoming Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference. It’s all right here on Holy Hormones Honey!
Chris Bobel, PhD
Menstrual Health is a Human Right
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This June marks the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. The three-day event, to be held at the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights in Boston will bring together menstrual health advocates from around the world. Join conference organizer, Chris Bobel, PhD on Holy Hormones Honey! on Wed, 4/22 to discuss the social/politics around menstrual health and its impact on women globally.
According to the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research:
Menstrual health is central to women’s ability to lead lives of dignity and well being in every society and every part of the world. Without menstrual health other core rights remain in jeopardy. In fact, the UNDP and UNICEF have highlighted menstruation as “the single most important factor affecting school drop-out among girls” (2007), impeding the educational attainment that would facilitate social empowerment and financial independence around the globe. Yet, menstrual health is rarely respected, protected, or fulfilled as a human right, and has not been recognized or theorized as a reproductive justice issue.
“Stigma around menstruation and menstrual hygiene is a violation of several human rights, most importantly of the right to human dignity, but also of the right to non-discrimination, equality, bodily integrity, health, privacy, and the right to freedom from inhumane and degrading treatment from abuse and violence.”
~Dr. Jyoti Sanghera, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Chris Bobel, PhD, is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of social movements, gender, health and embodiment, or how feminist thinking becomes feminist doing at the most intimate and immediate levels. She is the author of The Paradox of Natural Mothering, New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation and co-editor of Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules, Challenging the Norms. Her current project is an ethnographic study of menstrual health campaigns targeting school girls in the Global South. Chris is President-Elect of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) and co-chair of the 21st biennial meetings of SMCR to be held this June in Boston. www.menstruationresearch.org #SMCR2015 #menstruationmatters
BECAUSE MENSTRUAL HEALTH IS A HUMAN RIGHT
Global Gathering to Explore Reproductive Justice and the Menstrual Cycle
(BOSTON, February 1, 2015) – Experts from around the world will travel to Boston in June, 2015, to attend Menstrual Health and Reproductive Justice: Human Rights Across the Lifespan, the 21st biennial conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians, artists, performers, educators, policy analysts and social entrepreneurs to explore how menstrual health is central to women’s ability to lead lives of dignity and well being in every society in every part of the world.
The conference takes place at The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, Suffolk University, Boston, on June 4-6, 2015. Keynote speaker Loretta Ross is one of 12 women who developed the concept of “Reproductive Justice”—which intersects social justice and reproductive rights, or as Ross puts it, “brings human rights home by looking at the totality of women’s lives.”
Conference highlights include:
• Kick-off flash plenary showcasing dynamic short talks that make the menstrual connection
• Making Menstruation Matter award presentation to 2015 award winner, Boston-based Our Bodies, Ourselves
• Plenary on Menstrual Hygiene Management campaigns around the globe
• Film screenings, including Menstrual Man, Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent, and NED: No Evidence of Disease
• International menstrual art exhibit and artists’ panel: Widening the Circle
• SMCR’s 2nd Menstrual Poetry Open Mic
• Comedy show featuring Canadian duo The Crimson Wave (sponsored by Lunette)
Chris Bobel, conference co-chair, said of the conference theme: “Viewing the menstrual cycle through human rights and reproductive justice frames allows us to see more clearly the social practices and institutional structures that compromise health, especially those related to race/ethnicity, class, and gender identity. Including menstrual health in visions of social justice also leads to more effective strategies for women’s well being and empowerment across the lifespan.”
Without menstrual health other core rights remain in jeopardy. The UNDP and UNICEF have highlighted menstruation as “the single most important factor affecting school drop-out among girls” (2007), impeding the educational attainment that would facilitate social empowerment and financial independence around the globe. Yet, menstrual health is rarely respected, protected, or fulfilled as a human right, and has rarely been recognized or theorized as a reproductive justice issue.
For more information contact:
Chris Bobel, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Tel: +1 781 325 2838 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Agigian, Suffolk University, Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, Tel: +1 617 573 8487 Email: email@example.com