To discuss progress on the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are inspired by Wikimania 2019 theme in Integrating Water, Sanitation, Health, and Gender Equality to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. While access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is central to proper menstrual hygiene management, the discussion, which explored the complex realities and potential solutions in Colombia, Sweden, Kenya, and Nepal, highlighted that menstrual hygiene is also intrinsically linked to success across the SDGs. This is particularly the case for the SDGs related to education—including comprehensive sexual education—gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage, sustainable consumption, and economic opportunity, among others. Despite the fact that 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, menstruation remains shrouded in silence and taboos. Women and girls lack dedicated, integrated services and information to menstruate in dignity, obstructed not only by lacking infrastructure—including the fact that one in three women live without a decent toilet—but also deeper challenges of gender norms, myths, and stigma.
Specifically, the five pillars that constitute this view are: that menstruation matter worldwide; that it matters to boys and men; that is matters in all areas of life; that is matters to equality; and that it is an issue of inclusion as a whole
Wikipedia as the largest free online research encyclopedia, which is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit body that provides the infrastructure for free information sharing. Our endeavor seeks to complement Wikipedia's vision to collect and freely share knowledge that fully represents human diversity.
The goal is to contribute to Wikipedia sites with more useful information for people seeking knowledge across the globe; as an online research and information site with a global reach. Wikipedia fits into our profile of affordable, accessible and broad-based education on menstrual hygiene and the need to change the narratives. The overriding purpose of which is to improve the conditions of women and girls in menstruation globally in line with the global goals.
Menstrual hygiene management is crucial to achieving gender equality. Solving these complex and interrelated challenges requires a comprehensive, collaborative, and inter-generational approach that engages both boys and girls.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
The Outcome of the Panel Session will afford opportunities to educate and enlighten new readers and contributors to broaden the scope of interest in menstrual hygiene to other world communities. It also has the opportunity to influence the emergence of new partnerships with researchers around the world to better understand the subject matter. A worldwide reach through a worldwide platform like Wikipedia would attract global attention as well as erase more quickly the foothold of stigma and taboos associated with menstrual cycles across different cultures in New York and beyond.
Most importantly, this session seeks to draw attention to the use of alternative materials by economically disadvantaged women and girls in place of menstrual pads. Objects like rags, pieces of foam, kerchiefs, cotton wool, etc., which women improvise for lack of access to sanitary pads could be the leeway to infections and diseases, therefore the need for an incisive advocacy campaign and awareness creation.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a: