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  1. Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte
    Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte October 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Ashlee I loved your article. Thanks for your candour and humour – I am already thinking about how I can incorporate your insights into some work I am doing in the humanitarian sector (and I thought I was liberated on women and blood). Here’s to the breaking down of this old taboo – and the recognition that this is the blood that nurtured us all in utero.

    And Sean who ever you are, bless the man (as well as the woman) that can talk about menstruation without blanching, particularly when taboos around it can inhibit girls and women’s empowerment profoundly.

  2. Anna Levo
    Anna Levo October 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    “Of girls in Malawi, 82% did not know about menstruation before the onset of menarche.” Jeebus. This really shocked me. Great read, Betts!

  3. Sean
    Sean October 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Thank you for this article. I think it is a topic that is almost 100% overlooked. Even as somebody who works in WASH sector, I never hear it brought up and I can recall the one time a female did bring it up, the conversation was brushed aside and somebody said something along the lines of what you write, ¨Women and girls have obviously been coping with menstruation for a long time without the aid of fantastic plastic convenience.¨ That argument, of course, could be used for literally anything in development or technological progress, but it is not an excuse.

    Anyway, we need more data and I’m glad to see you highlight the issue and am curious to check the WaterAid toolkit out.

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