Keeping Girls in School: Taking a Closer Look at the Promises and Perils of Menstrual Health Campaigns in the Global South
Girls, Girls, Girls. Everybody is talking about girls….From Nike and Procter & Gamble to the UN and tiny start ups sprouting all over the world, keeping girls in school in the world’s poorest communities is the new ‘It Girl’ of global development. Capitalizing on the little known fact that girls’ periods often keep them home from school, a growing number of social entrepreneurs are focused on finding creative ways to get menstrual care products in the hands of girls who need them most.
In this talk combining video, photos, and qualitative data from a new research project, Chris Bobel, author of New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation, shifts her focus on challenging the menstrual taboo in North America to a probing look at NGO interest in girls’ menstrual care innovations in the global South. Join Bobel in her exploration 'under wraps' of this emergent form of menstrual activism.
Chris Bobel is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. 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.