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  • Influence
Where the education system and women's bodies collide: The social and health impact of girls' experiences of menstruation and schooling in Tanzania.
  • M. Sommer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of adolescence
  • 1 August 2010
The global development community has focused in recent decades on closing the gender gap in education, but has given insufficient attention to the specific needs of pre- and post-pubescent girls asExpand
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Ideologies of sexuality, menstruation and risk: girls' experiences of puberty and schooling in northern Tanzania
  • M. Sommer
  • Medicine
  • Culture, health & sexuality
  • 14 April 2009
This paper examines girls' voiced experiences of menstruation, puberty and schooling in northern Tanzania. The study was conducted in Moshi and Rombo Districts of Kilimanjaro, a predominantly ChaggaExpand
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Menstruation and body awareness : linking girls ’ health with girls ’ education
This paper examines the relationships between adolescent girls’ health and well-being, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between post-pubescent girls’ menstrual management and education.Expand
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Girls' and women's unmet needs for menstrual hygiene management (MHM): the interactions between MHM and sanitation systems in low-income countries
While the sanitation sector is gaining increased recognition in policy and research, its inherent inter-linkage with menstrual hygiene management remains an under-researched subject. This reviewExpand
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Overcoming the taboo: advancing the global agenda for menstrual hygiene management for schoolgirls.
INADEQUATE WATER AND sanitation facilities pose a major impediment to school-going girls during menstruation, compromising their ability to maintain proper hygiene and privacy. A growing focus onExpand
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Comfortably, Safely, and Without Shame: Defining Menstrual Hygiene Management as a Public Health Issue.
In recent years, the menstrual hygiene management challenges facing schoolgirls in low-income-country contexts have gained global attention. We applied Gusfield's sociological analysis of the cultureExpand
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A comparison of the menstruation and education experiences of girls in Tanzania, Ghana, Cambodia and Ethiopia
The barriers to menstrual hygiene management faced by adolescent schoolgirls in low-income countries are gaining interest at practice and policy levels. The challenges include inadequate water,Expand
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Violence, gender and WASH: spurring action on a complex, under-documented and sensitive topic
The global community of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) researchers, practitioners and policy makers has to date inadequately addressed the challenge of vulnerability to violence in relation toExpand
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A Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools
Marni Sommer and colleagues reflect on priorities needed to guide global, national, and local action to address girls' menstrual hygiene management needs in schools.
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Menstrual hygiene management in humanitarian emergencies: Gaps and recommendations
Over the last 15 years there has been increasing attention to adolescent girls' and women's menstrual hygiene management (MHM) needs in humanitarian response contexts. A growing number of donors,Expand
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