Theme 1: Sustainability and Menstruation: From the body of the earth to the body of the woman
Boosey, R. and Wilson-Smith, E. (2014): A vicious cycle of silence: What are the implications of the menstruation taboo for the fulfilment of women and girls’ human rights and, to what extent is the menstruation taboo addressed by international human rights law and human rights bodies?Research Report. ScHARR Report Series (29). School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield
Ecofemme (2014): Dirty Secrets – the hidden costs of your disposable menstrual pad – a document put together that explains some of the issues that disposable pads cause, set primarily in an Indian context.
Menstrual Cycle Tracking Chart – a chart put together to help you to both track and gain a deeper understanding of your menstrual cycle, moods and fertility. Includes instructions.
Natural Treatment for Menstrual Discomfort Using Local Tamil Nadu Plants – natural medicinal guide for healthier menstruation
Sumpter C., Torondel B. (2013): A Systematic Review of the Health and Social Effects of Menstrual Hygiene Management PLoS ONE 8(4): e62004. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062004
University of Oxford (2013): Sanitary Pads Acceptability and Sustainability Study
Theme 2: The development of the MHM sector in India: Disposable sanitary napkins: a blessing or a curse?
Bejhijhak Report: Instigating Collective Action on menstruation. (2014): A report on a MHM event by Azadi, PATH, WaterAid and WASH United
Bloomberg Report (2013): ‘No Menstrual Hygiene For Indian Women Holds Economy Back’— An article outlining how menstrual myths, menstruation related dropout rate, sexual violence and lack of dignity and education surrounding women’s health and hygiene is negatively impacting India’s economy
DASRA (2014): ‘Spot On’ —DASRA’s sector analysis report, which maps all menstrual hygiene initiatives across the country and provides a thorough overview of MHM in India.
Mallik, S., Ahmed, A. et al (2014): Menstrual hygiene among adolescent school students: An in-depth cross-sectional study in an urban community of WestBengal, India. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences.
UKAID, WaterAid, FANSA, Modern Architects for Rural India (2011): No more whispering. Menstrual Hygiene Gender Perspective. (Country: India)
UNICEF India, National Rural Health Mission, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation / NBA (nd): Basic Facts on Menstrual Hygiene Management(Country: India).
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (2013): Report on Celebrating Womanhood: Break the silence
Theme 3: Dealing with menstrual hygiene waste: Collection and disposal issues
Basu, Soma (2013): Kicking up a stink—An article about waste pickers in Pune seeking to force corporates and the municipality to address safe disposal of sanitary napkins. Down to Earth magazine.
Jamwal, Nidhi (2015) Why are we pretending that there isn’t a growing mountain of menstrual waste we need to deal with? Grist Media.
Jamwal, Nidhi (May, 2015) Towards Zero Waste. Earth Care Optimized. pp: 15-22
Masika (2014) – a documentary film from Auroville Video Productions that informs women in India about the environmental and social impact of disposable sanitary napkins and suggests other alternatives such as menstrual cups and cloth pads.
Mohanty, Bindu (2014) Disposable pads, disposable lives An article that discusses the environmental and social injustice caused by disposing of disposable pads.
Stockholm Environmental Institute (2011). Global Review Of Sanitation System Trends and Interactions with Menstrual Management Practices.
Theme 4: Reusable menstrual hygiene products: pros and cons
Back to basics (2012): A newspaper article on Eco Femme’s cloth pads. The Hindu.
Eco Femme’s Washable Cloth Pad Pilot Study Report– Executive summary of Eco Femme’s two year study of product testing of three models of Eco Femme pads. The testing was inspired by unsolicited positive feedback of the pads during Eco Femme sessions on menstrual management, hygiene and products.
North, Barbara B. Ph.D., M.D. and Oldham, Michael J. Ph.D. (2011) Preclinical, Clinical, and Over-the-Counter Postmarketing Experience with a New Vaginal Cup: Menstrual Collection. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Feb; 20(2): 303–311.
Ross, Elisa M.D. (2015): Tired of Tampons? Here Are Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups
Subramanian, Hansika and Gurnani, Dheera (2014): NGO makes sanitary pads from waste cloth for rural women in India—a blog on Goonj cloth pads
Sukumaran, Preethi (2014): A new beginning – conversations with Uger’s Lakshmi Murthy – a blog on Uger cloth pads.