MPH and Fulbright scholar Carmen Cronin recently returned from a trip to Uganda where she studied the practices of girls around menstruation. What products/materials do they use to handle blood flow? What are the cultural beliefs about periods that affect their daily life? Does menstruation get in the way of being able to attend school? How does this affect their long term success? What can we learn about the culture based on their treatment of this subject?
We chat about her trip, meeting with the girls, obstacles to her study, the stigma around female bodies, her role as a western white woman in creating change, and much more. Settle in for an incredibly interesting, occasionally challenging conversation.