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Go behind the scenes with Days for Girls International, an award-winning NGO, as we interview thought leaders in international development who work to empower women and girls around the world. You’ll hear from experts in the fields of menstrual health, social entrepreneurship, and international development, as well as get inside stories from the women and girls impacted by our vital work to create menstrual equity for every girl, everywhere, period. Visit daysforgirls.org to learn more about Days for Girls International.

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Go behind the scenes with Days for Girls International, an award-winning NGO, as we interview thought leaders in international development who work to empower women and girls around the world. You’ll hear from experts in the fields of menstrual health, social entrepreneurship, and international development, as well as get inside stories from the women and girls impacted by our vital work to create menstrual equity for every girl, everywhere, period. Visit daysforgirls.org to learn more about Days for Girls International.

    Episode 041: Souphalak Inthaphatha and Eiko Yamamoto on Researching Women's Health in Laos

    Episode 041: Souphalak Inthaphatha and Eiko Yamamoto on Researching Women's Health in Laos

    Souphalak (Peckie) Inthaphatha is a recent PhD graduate from Nagoya University in Healthcare Administration. Eiko Yamamoto is a professor from the Department of Healthcare Administration at Nagoya University. She also responsible for the Young Leaders' Program for the Ministry of Health in Asia.
    In this episode Peckie and Eiko talk about their recent studies on menstrual health and factors associated with school absence among student girls in Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR, and factors associated with postpartum depression among women in Vientiane Capital in Lao PDR.
    Connect with Peckie and Eiko to learn more about their work at the following links:
    Visit Eiko's Profile on the Nagoya University Website
    Connect withe Peckie on Facebook 
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    Episode 040: Severina Lemachokoti on Female Genital Mutilation

    Episode 040: Severina Lemachokoti on Female Genital Mutilation

    Severina Lemachokoti is an outspoken advocate for gender equity and reducing FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). She is a sought-after women’s leader who has spoken at the UN, Africa Regional Conference on Women, and speaks and facilitates convenings to bolster the rights of indigenous peoples, human rights activism, and trauma and conflict resolution.
    In this episode, Severina talks about her experience with FGM and how she became an outspoken advocate for gender equality around the world. 
    Highlights:
    The inspiration behind Severina's commitment to gender equityHow to respect cultural traditions while also advocating for a change in behavior when it comes to FGMSeverina's personal experience with FGM and her work advocating for changeConnect: 
    Contact Severina via email at severinalem@gmail.com
    Watch Tradition by Severina on YouTube
    Bio:
    Severina Lemachokoti is an outspoken advocate for gender equity and reducing FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). She is a sought-after women’s leader who has spoken at the UN, Africa Regional Conference on Women and girls. Severina speaks and facilitates convenings to bolster the rights of indigenous peoples, human rights activism, trauma and conflict resolution.
    Severina’s educational background includes Counseling Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Studies and a Masters Degree Liberal Arts. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Administration at Wichita State University.
    Severina serves on the Board of Samburu Women Trust as chair person, Days for Girls International Board and is a member of the Indigenous Women Council of Kenya. She has been volunteering with Days for Girls since 2016 and is a champion for menstrual equity around the globe.
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    Episode 039: The Effects of Menstrual Health on School Attendance in Kenya with Karen Austrian

    Episode 039: The Effects of Menstrual Health on School Attendance in Kenya with Karen Austrian

    Karen Austrian is a director at the Population Council, where she leads the Council's Girl Innovation, Research and Learning Center: a global research hub that generates, synthesizes and translates evidence on adolescents to support investments that transform their lives, especially for girls. She specializes in developing, implementing and evaluating research-driven programs that build protective assets for girls.
    In this episode, Karen dives into her journey in policy-driven research and programming for girls; unpacks the nuanced issue of gendered school absenteeism; shares key findings on the relationship between MHH/SRH education and body confidence; and explains why she always “lets the evidence (of the lived experiences of youth) shape the response.”
    Highlights:
    How Population Council drives impact through policy-relevant research to improve the lives of vulnerable populations.All about the Nia Project: a study of more than 3,000 adolescent girls in 140 primary schools in Kilifi, Kenya, that rigorously evaluated the impact of menstrual health education and period products on school attendance rates. Study findings on the positive impacts of MHH interventions – including equitability of gender norms; improved menstrual, sexual and reproductive health knowledge; reduced menstrual stigma and shame; and improved confidence/self-efficacy.The complex issue of gendered school attendance rates – and why we shouldn’t view period product distribution as a silver bullet for keeping girls in school.Other factors driving school drop-outs, including lack of disposable income for school fees, domestic/familial duties taking priority.How MHH education can serve as an access point into broader discussions about sexual and reproductive health with teen girls.How Girl Roster improves data collection and program outcomes through demographic tracking assistance.The importance of taking an integrated approach to research Connect:
    Website: https://www.popcouncil.org/research/expert/karen-austrian
    Email: kaustrian@popcouncil.org
    Bio:
    Karen Austrian is the director of the Population Council, where she leads the Council's Girl Innovation, Research and Learning Center: a global research hub that generates, synthesizes and translates evidence on adolescents to support investments that transform their lives, especially for girls. Prior to stepping into this role, Austrian led a portfolio of projects designed to empower girls in East and Southern Africa. She develops, implements and evaluates programs that build girls protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education.
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    Episode 038: The Borgen Project's Fight Against Extreme Poverty with Clint Borgen

    Episode 038: The Borgen Project's Fight Against Extreme Poverty with Clint Borgen

    Clint Borgen is the Founder and President of The Borgen Project, an organization working to bring U.S. political attention to global poverty. Borgen works with Congressional leaders to build support for legislation that improves conditions for people in developing nations. He is widely regarded as one of the leading poverty-reduction campaigners in the United States.
    In this episode, Clint talks about The Borgen Project’s mission to fight extreme poverty. The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. 
    Highlights:
    Clint’s personal journey to becoming the Founder of The Borgen ProjectHow The Borgen Project engages political leaders in the United States to address poverty around the worldWhat you can do to participate in the political process and advocate for issues you care about Connect:
    Website: www.borgenproject.org
    Twitter: @borgenproject
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/borgenproject
    Bio:
    Clint Borgen is the Founder and President of The Borgen Project, an organization working to bring U.S. political attention to global poverty. Borgen works with Congressional leaders to build support for legislation that improves conditions for people in developing nations. He is widely regarded as one of the leading poverty-reduction campaigners in the United States.
    Background: In 1999, while working as a young volunteer in refugee camps during the Kosovo War and genocide, Clint Borgen recognized the need for an organization that could bring U.S. political attention to issues of severe poverty.
    In 2003, after graduating from Washington State University and interning at the United Nations, Borgen began developing his project. In need of startup funding, Borgen took a job living on a fishing vessel docked in Dutch Harbor, Alaska (the same location as The Deadliest Catch). From humble beginnings in one of Earth’s most remote locations, The Borgen Project was born.
    Now headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, The Borgen Project has become an influential campaign aimed at reducing global poverty through public mobilization and political advocacy, and serves as a testament that one man and a laptop can change the world.
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    Episode 037: Breaking Down "The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies" with Inga Winkler

    Episode 037: Breaking Down "The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies" with Inga Winkler

    Inga Winkler a university professor and researcher who specializes in the intersection of menstruation, gender justice and human rights. She is a co-contributor to the Palgrave Handbook on Menstruation Studies: a field-defining resource that examines
    In this episode, Inga walks us through concepts from the Palgrave Handbook; unpacks the relationship between power dynamics and menstruation; shares menstrual health policy insights from around the world; dives into the importance of intersectionality in conversations about menstruation; and so much more.
    Highlights:
    All about the Palgrave Handbook on Critical Menstruation Studies, including its purpose and Inga’s personal contribution to the literatureThe impact of menstrual inequity on human rights and power relations (it’s “about so much more than just the just the biological process, just the bleeding”)What Inga means by, “menstruation unites the personal and the political, the intimate and the public, and the physiological and the socio-cultural”Why we must prioritize the intersectional, context-dependent, lived experiences of menstruators when talking about menstruationWhy bringing the personal/intimate elements of menstruation into the public/political space is key to shattering the stigmaHow the singular narrative of menstrual oppression can erase the agency of women and girls in cultures around the world – and why it’s essential to consider sociocultural/religious nuance in conversations about menstruation How menstrual policies and media representation have evolved over the past decadeInsights from analysis of menstrual policies in Kenya, India, Senegal and the U.S.Why policymakers need to transcend their narrow scope of understanding about menstrual health education (and their own ingrained stigma) to truly eliminate menstrual inequity for allWhat the Palgrave Handbook can offer you, the listenerConnect:
    Handbook: PDF link here
    Website: www.ingawinkler.com
    Twitter: @Inga_Winkler
    Bio:
    Inga Winkler is an Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the Central European University in Vienna, Austria. She is also the director of The Working Group on Menstrual Health and Gender Justice at Columbia University. Her research focuses on socioeconomic rights and gender justice with a particular interest in the intersection of menstruation, culture and representation. Her research builds on her extensive experience in the UN system, and she seeks to engage with policymakers on menstrual health. In today's episode, we'll be talking about her contributions to the Palgrave Handbook on Critical Menstruation Studies.
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    Episode 036: Building Equity Through Sanitation Innovation with Jasmine Burton

    Episode 036: Building Equity Through Sanitation Innovation with Jasmine Burton

    Jasmine Burton is a social inclusion and design specialist who is passionate about building a more inclusive world through sanitation innovation. She is the founder and CEO of Wish for WASH, a social impact organization that addresses equity gaps in the WASH sector through human-centered design thinking and research.
    In this episode, Jasmine shares her journey as a toilet design specialist striving to improve outcomes for the 4.2 billion people who lack access to safely managed sanitation. Join us as we dive into the challenges of global toilet inequity; exciting innovations in the WASH sector today; and the relationship between sanitation innovation, menstrual health and the empowerment of women and girls. 
    Highlights
    What it means to be a social inclusion and design specialistHow Jasmine utilizes the concept of empathy in an iterative framework to drive innovation, sustainability and impactWhat inspired her to go into toilet innovation at a young ageThe founding story of Wish for Wash, which she started as an undergrad at Georgia Tech to improve global sanitation infrastructure through human-centered design “Flying toilets,” and other hazards prompted by widespread lack of access to safely managed sanitation Notable innovations in the sanitation space today, including:Development of toilet systems that can easily be tailored to different sets of needs The “circular sanitation economy” turning human waste into a renewable resourceThe “smart sanitation economy” using wastewater technology as a preventative public health toolHow the COVID-19 has impacted Wish for Wash, and what the future holdsJasmine’s future endeavors in impact investing and sustainable financing Connect
    Website: jasminekburton.com | wishforwash.org  | periodfutures.org | toiletboard.org
    IG/FB/Twitter: @jasminekburton | @wishforwash | @periodfutures 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasminekburton/
    Bio
    Jasmine (Jaz) is a social inclusion and design specialist with a focus on gender equity, meaningful youth engagement, and innovation in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and global health sectors. She is trained in product design and public health, and is passionate about social justice and human rights. She has led iterative toilet innovation pilots and research across Sub-Saharan Africa with a design thinking lens and in resettled refugee communities as the founder of Wish for WASH, a social impact organization that seeks to bring innovation to sanitation. 
    Jasmine has served as the Toilet Accelerator Manager and Innovation Lab Lead at the Toilet Board Coalition, Technical Advisor for the gender equity startup Equilo, on the Board of Directors for Planet Indonesia in order to help lead their WASH and gender strategies, a Design/Communications Associate for Women in Global Health, and a former consultant for gender and women's health research organizations Atethemis and International Planned Parenthood Federation. 
    As a 2018-2019 Women Deliver Young Leader, she spoke at the 2019 WD conference about her work and vision for gender equity in the WASH sector. Jasmine identifies as a social impact designer who seeks to utilize design thinking, evidence-based research, and business acumen to build a more inclusive world. 
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