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Janie Hampton
Founder, World Menstrual Network

Janie Hampton is the founder of the World Menstrual Network, the author of books on health in Africa, and an international health planner. She developed the first British government policy on international reproductive health, and is patron of the Association of Malawians in UK. She lives in Oxford.

Written by Janie Hampton

Essay/
History
The taboo of menstruation

All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly

Janie Hampton