Opinion: 4 ways to address menstrual stigmas, taboos and discrimination

The death of a 15-year-old Nepali girl highlights the need for integrated solutions to address menstrual discrimination. Here are four ideas from Darren Saywell and Caitlin Gruer of Plan International USA.

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About the authors

  • Darren Saywell

    Darren Saywell heads the WASH program at Plan International USA. He has 20 years operational, research, consultancy and teaching experience and has previously held positions at the Water, Engineering and Development Center in the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization and the International Water Association. In October 2011, he was nominated as the vice-chair for Sanitation and Water for All.
  • Caitlin Gruer

    Caitlin Gruer is a senior program associate at Plan International USA, where she works as part of the water, sanitation and health practice. Her work focuses on menstrual hygiene management, sustainable WASH programming, and the intersection between WASH and nutrition. She has a master's in global health and sociomedical sciences from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.