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UNICEF Menstrual Hygiene (MH) Innovation Challenge

The theme for MHM Innovation Challenge in 2017 is Education

Challenge is now open

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About MH Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day will help to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.

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Partnerships

Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global platform for partners across all sectors to engage in action, advocacy and knowledge-sharing around menstrual hygiene management. The MH Day Alliance include NGOs, civil society, social businesses, research organisation, and governments working on MHM.

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MHM & SDG's

Menstruation matters to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While there is no specific goal or indicator, this infographic shows how MHM is linked to several of the goals. Use and share this infographic to advocate for more attention to MHM.

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MHM & Human Rights

The biological fact of menstruation, the necessity of managing menstruation, and society’s response to them both is linked with women’s and girl’s human rights and gender equality. Read and comment on this draft paper.

Partners

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PKR 50,000 challenge prize by UNICEF for 7 most innovative ideas and solutions towards menstrual hygiene management to help ensure everyone in Pakistan benefits from the opportunities created by UNICEF

About the Challenge

UNICEF is calling on young individuals to provide fresh, energetic & innovative approaches and solutions to menstrual hygiene management to help raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management for all women and adolescent girls and also help them manage menstruation better at schools, colleges & households.

The MHM Innovation Challenge is looking for innovation in tools, models and services that can offer girls and women more convenience and choices. Through this challenge, our aim would be to rebrand menstruation as a symbol of strength, an opportunity for women to demonstrate a commitment to female empowerment.

The competition is open to students, designers, makers, social innovators, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts & educators. The deadline for the application is 12th April 2017 at 12.00 noon Pakistan time. You can submit your entry through the “online platform”. The winners will be announced on 16th May 2017.

The competition will help the most innovative ideas and projects achieve sustainable impact. 7 of the most promising applications will be chosen and invited to the event on May 22, in Islamabad, following which they will receive mentoring by MHM experts at UNICEF to progress and refine their ideas.

About the MHM Innovation Challenge?

Menstrual Hygiene (MH) continues to be among the most important development challenges and issues in Pakistan and across the third world. The MHM Innovation Challenge will help raise awareness about the importance of good MHM for all women and adolescent girls. It looks to help them manage menstruation better at schools, colleges & households.

The Competition will look for innovative tools, models & services that can offer girls and women more convenience and choices in managing their menstruation. Seven challenge winners will be given a seed grant of PKR 50,000 to implement the challenge in 2017.

The competition is open to students, designers, makers, social innovators, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts and educators between the ages of 16-25

The competition will ensure the community is engaged using different tools such as one-on-one interviews with the general public, social media platforms such as U-Report, Facebook, Twitter and live webinars through Google Hangouts.

Competition winners will be invited to present their ideas and concepts in front of a panel of experts. The competition winners will also be given seed money to develop and operationalize their concepts.

Your submissions should be on the template provided below. For any questions feel free to contact at mhmchallenge@sol.edu.pk. The submission date of the project is: 12th May 2017. Winners will be announced on 16th May 2017.

LEARN THROUGH ONLINE TRAINING & MENTORSHIP

Join the MHM Innovation Challenge that provides structure & guidance to developing your idea into a winning social innovation

ATTEND THE EVENT IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

Winners will get to attend the MHM Innovation Challenge event on May 22nd in Islamabad with other change makers from across Pakistan.

RECEIVE MENTORING BY MHM EXPERTS AT UNICEF

Winners will receive their prize money of PKR 50,000 and mentoring by MHM experts at UNICEF to progress and refine their ideas

GET SEED FUNDING TO TAKE YOUR IDEA FORWARD

Winners will receive seed money to help implement their solutions in their projects and follow-up mentorship

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