Making Menstruation Matter in the Global South: Mapping a Critical History

  • Chris Bobel


This chapter provides a detailed picture of the “who, what, where and when” of the MHM movement to date. I begin by tracing evolving definitions of MHM and then shift to a landscape analysis that reveals 130+ organizations and social businesses in 38 countries of the Global South. Foci include provision of products, menstrual and puberty education, and to a lesser degree, policy and infrastructure development. Next, I provide a short critical history of MHM's emergence from the WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) development sector beginning quietly and on the margins in the late twentieth century and picking up steam in the mid-late 2000s. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion contrasting MHM in the Global South with menstrual activism in the Global North—two interrelated activist agendas running on parallel tracks.


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  • Chris Bobel
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  1. 1.Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

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