Water and Pads Project
Recommended Booklets on Menstrual Health Management
Primary Schools:

IAW is thankful to UNICEF and the Government of Malawi for the permission to disseminate their excellent brochure "ABCs of being a Girl”,
a very helpful guide on menstruation.

IAW hopes that this small illustrated brochure will arouse interest in many young people, because it is very important to know the menstrual cycle. This helps to manage many difficulties during puberty.

Donwload here

Secondary Schools:

This booklet is intended to guide girls through an important period of their life. It helps to understand the bodily changes and psychological impacts at the beginning of adulthood. It supports adolescents coping with the various challenges of puberty.

It enhances the chances and the self-confidence of becoming a woman. IAW hopes that many young people will be interested in reading this booklet about the biological life-cycle of women. IAW is expressing its great thanks to SWISS SEXUAL HEALTH , which provided IAW with the copyrights for some selected contents of their excellent booklet "Hé -Les Miss!” , a booklet for adolescent girls. Download here.

Recent News

April 8, 2021

The Halton District School Ontario Canada will provide free menstrual products for students in all HDSB schools by September 2021 as part of the Free Menstrual Products Initiative, a

program designed to address some of the gaps in access to menstrual products to

promote awareness and alleviate the stigma of menstruation.... Read more

18 February 2021

New Zealand - Free Sanitary Products in Schools to Beat Period Poverty

The initiative comes following a pilot in 15 schools in Waikato where about 3,200 young people were given free period products. New Zealand’s schools will provide access to free sanitary products for female students from June as part of the government’s latest attempt to stem “period poverty” in the country.

Research shows that 1 in 12 young people skipped school because they did not have access to sanitary products...Read more


World Health Organization Yearly Assembly May 2019

Seema Uplekar and Ursula Nakamura could attend this huge event as delegates of IAW.

They could meet many people who were highly interested in the IAW Water and Pads project.

Within the official statement IAW appeals to all governments to endorse efforts to provide a good menstrual health management for girls worldwide, thus enabling them to attend school without discrimination...read more.


Photo: S. Uplekar, Dr. Ch. Mouli and U. Nakamura

At a side-event “Let’s get real” the focus was on adolescents. More research should be done about their knowledge and attitudes about SRHR. The participation of the young people “at the discussion-tables” is crucial.

Dr. Chandra Mouli also presented a new book:

WHO recommendations on adolescents sexual and reproductive health and rights”. Dr. Tedros the Director of WHO confirmed  the strong engagement of WHO on the implementation of the sexual and reproductive health rights for all.



28 May 2019
International Menstrual Hygiene Day

It's time for action! Leave no girl behind! Learn more about it!


8 March 2019
International Women's Day - Women’s Menstrual Health Should No Longer Be Taboo

GENEVA (5 March 2019) - United Nations human rights experts* call on the international community to break the taboo around menstrual health and take concrete action to ensure that discriminatory mindsets are changed, and women’s and girls’ menstrual health protected.


Menstrual Hygiene Management MHM
Knowledge, attitude and pracitces of adolescents in rural primary schools in Malawi
edited by Red Cross Malawi and Red Cross Switzerland
Author: Daniela Enzler

Period. End the Sentence

February 25th 2019
This  documentary about menstruation in  an Indian rural area got the Oscar award for the best documentary film!


International Conference on Girls' Education in  Francophone Africa

Ndjaména Cameroon 18-19 June 2019

Two members of International Alliance of Women participated at the event and promoted successfully the "Water and Pads Project":
-Anne Pélagie Yotchou, Cameroon

-Rakia Kabia Diakite, Tchad.
Read the full report here.