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Friends of Irise Workshop: Tackling the Social Taboo of Periods in Uganda
Thu 27 April 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Friends of Irise Sheffield invite you to learn about the taboo of menstruation in Uganda and the work of Irise International. When we presented this workshop at the Medsin Conference 'Gender and Health: Seeing the Spectrum' it was oversubscribed so we are opening it up to all students at the University of Sheffield, regardless of academic discipline and year of study.
This workshop will allow you to investigate the reasons why menstruation is taboo in Uganda and its resulting effects on the school attendance of menstruating girls. The charity Irise International’s hybrid model of charity and enterprise will be used as a case study of how this social norm has been challenged. The research conducted by Irise International investigating whether the effects of menstrual and sexual health education positively affect school attendance will also be examined. Participants will discuss what approaches should be taken when trying to dismantle harmful social structures in particular groups that influence girls, for instance their parents, teachers, and peers.
We will be presenting each participant that completes the workshop with a certificate of achievement. Friends of Irise Sheffield are also recruiting a new committee for the 2017/18 academic year. If you are interested in helping run a motivated and productive society, attending this workshop will give you the skills you need to spread Irise's message and help the soceity expand its influence across the University.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or message our facebook page: Friends of Irise Sheffield.