The Body Politics of Menstruation: technologies, sustainability and destigmatization

PhD student
International Institute of Social Studies
International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Friday, 21 Feb 2020, 16:00

End date

Friday, 21 Feb 2020, 17:00

Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
Spoken Language
Jacqueline Gaybor Tobar

On 21 February 2020, Jacqueline Gaybor Tobar will defend her PhD thesis on ' The Body Politics of Menstruation: technologies, sustainability and destigmatization'

In the last few years, menstrual hygiene management (MHM) advocates, scholars and policy makers have positioned menstrual health as a critical concern for development policy, pointing to what they depict as a major hygiene crisis of the Global South which is adversely harming young women’s development. This concerted effort to bring menstrual health to development attention has resulted in considerable resources been poured into countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-Asia. The major narrative in this development effort is for young women to access reusable or disposable menstrual management technologies, and access to sanitation facilities. What is addressed less directly is how to counter menstrual stigma and how menstruation is not a medical or health issue alone but has important social and ecological impacts. In this PhD Jacqueline Gaybor Tobar seeks to move beyond the enthusiasm of MHM to create technical solutions to an apparent health ‘crisis’ and address more deeply how changes in attitudes to menstruation can be understood.

More information

The Public Defence will take place onFriday 21 February 2020 in Aula B. The ceremony will begin promptly at 16.00 hrs in the Auditorium of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS. Professors are invited to join the academic procession. 

This Public Defence may broadcast on ISS livestream. If so, you will be able to watch the Public Defence live at and later on at the ISS YouTube channel.