Menstrual Health Management in Uganda

Thor Stentebjerg Kruse, Virginia Ines Catena & Eva Cossette-Laneville

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt

Abstrakt

This paper examines the educational strategies employed by the organisation WoMena, in their efforts to improve the Menstrual Health conditions in Uganda. Drawing on the “10 Practical Male Involvement Strategies” (n.d.) developed by WoMena, along with two interviews we conducted with them, we will take a look at the cultural challenges they face in the implementation of the Menstrual Cup. This is done through theoretical interpretation of the concept of Empowerment, and how it works on the individual, organisational and community level as presented by Zimmerman. To contextualise this, we will shortly introduce the Menstrual Health Movement and then look at the particular Ugandan context. Our lens of interpretation is social constructionism as portrayed by Gergen, and so we examine the meaning-making behind these cultural challenges. We argue that through a holistic application of the three levels of empowerment, the organisation can create meaningful development on multiple societal levels. This approach, however, has to always be situated in the local context, in line with the wishes of those in the relation. We argue that to overemphasise either of the three levels of empowerment or to downplay the importance of the local context, is antithetical to the concept itself ー and thus is unlikely to create meaningful change.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Åben
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2018
Antal sider51
VejledereChristina Naike Runciman