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UNICEF Menstrual Hygiene (MH) Innovation Challenge

Challenge is now open

Find out more about MHM and MH Day

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About MH Day

Initiated globally by WASH United, Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global platform that convenes government, individuals, civil society, social businesses, youth, the media, and partners across all sectors to engage in action, advocacy and knowledge-sharing around menstrual hygiene management. It serves to create a united and strong voice for women and girls around the world, helping to break the silence around menstrual hygiene management. In Pakistan MH day was first celebrated in 2015 organized by the MHM working group. In 2017 MH day will be commemorated on 24th May under the global theme “Education”.

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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.

Partners

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Challenge Winner: PKR 250,000
Runners Up: PKR 150,000
Regional Winners: 5 winners from federal and each province will be awarded PKR 50,000 each

About the Challenge

The Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Innovation Challenge seeks innovative ideas on tools, models, and services to enable girls and women manage their menstruation hygienically. The 1st prize in the challenge is PKR 250,000 and the 2nd prize is PKR 150,000. Additionally, five challenge runner-ups, one from each of the four provinces, and one from the Islamabad Capital Territory will be awarded a seed grant of PKR 50,000 to implement their idea in 2017.

The challenge is open to all Pakistani nationals aged between 16 to 30; students, designers, social innovators, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and educators.

Challenge winners will have the opportunity to engage with diverse stakeholders working on menstrual hygiene from both the public and private sector by presenting their ideas and concepts to a panel of experts. Their ideas will be profiled on social media platforms such as U-Report, Facebook, Twitter and live webinars through Google Hangouts. They will also benefit from mentorship sessions as well as interactive sessions with other challenge winners.

How to Apply?

Submit your idea on the template and drop it off to School of Leadership (F-17, Business Executive Centre, Clifton Block 8, Karachi) by 15th July 2017. Applications can also be submitted via email to mhmchallenge@sol.edu.pk. For any queries contact. Winners will be announced on 21st July 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

More Information

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About U-Report

U-Report is a social messaging tool allowing anyone from any community, anywhere in the world to respond to polls, receive information, support child rights and work as positive agents of change on behalf of people of Pakistan. Members join the programme by sending a free SMS “join” to a short-code 8623 or U-Report twitter handle @PakAvaz or on Facebook at U-Report PakAvaz.

For more information about U-Report PakAvaz visit: www.ureport.pk
For more information about U-Report Global visit: www.ureport.in

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About UNICEF Global Innovation Centre

UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre is working across the globe with country offices and partners to help unlock the big ideas like this that could benefit millions of people and has provided both the training and platform development to make this kind of activation possible.

For more information about UNICEF Global Innovation Centre visit: www.unicefstories.org

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