The Pacific Menstrual Health Management Workshop attendance was by invitation only. Participants were invited based on their knowledge or expertise in the area of developing menstrual health products.

 

First NameLast NameBioJob TitleCompanyWebsite
AkanisiDawainavesiFiji national, background in Infectious disease surveillance & Outbreak Response. Currently work in Sexual and Reproductive Health Humanitarian Pacific TeamCapacity Dev.Partnerships AdvisorIPPT Humanitarianwww.ippf.org/our-priorities/humanitarian
AngelicaSaleleI was born and raised mostly in Samoa, 25 years old and a mum of two. I work full time at SPREP, an environment organisation for the Pacific region. I’m part of a three person team, and together we run Mana Care Products. Our company produces eco-friendly, hygienic and affordable menstrual cloth pads for women in Samoa. I am really passionate about the environment and women’s rights, especially with regard to living a dignified life. Mana Care is how we bring those two elements together, and our way of helping promote a low carbon lifestyle while providing a better alternative for women of all economic backgrounds.Co-founderMana Care Products
Anne-ShirleyKoraveI currently live in Port Moresby. I am part of the 2017 Kumul Gamechangers program, an initiative under the Kumul Foundation Inc. and currently working on a few social related ideas as a start-up entrepreneur. Queenpads is one I have founded and would like to improve its current model.Start-up EntreprenuerQueenpads (Kumul Game Changer 2017)www.facebook.com/queenpadspng
BarbaraTanneI am a woman leader, consultant and doing advocacy on women human rights, peace building, mentoring of young women leaders and voter education and also facilitates leadership and peace building trainingsWomen Leader/AdvocatorBougainville Women's Federation
BelindaRoselliAfter 5 years of organising a variety of small projects to support rural communities in Vanuatu - from New Zealand; in 2015 I came up with the concept of creating a micro enterprise in Vanuatu to make washable sanitary pads - creating a needed product that was acceptable to local women, whilst creating an income stream for ni Vanuatu.FounderMammas Laefwww.lavkokonas.com
CamilleEscuderoCamille is the Director, Elle Intimates, Inc. and President, Business & Professional Women (BPW) Makati. Camille is an entrepreneur from the Philippines. She leads Information Management, Process & Compliance, and Sustainability for Elle Intimates, Inc., a third-party manufacturer of intimate apparel with markets in North America & the Middle East. In partnership with the Philippine's gender platform GREAT Women (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women), Camille also develops products utilizing indigenous materials and embellishments. Camille believes in empowering women to be prime contributors & influencers to society. She leads the Business & Professional Women (BPW) Makati, an affiliate of the International Federation of Business & Professional Women, aligned with the UN Women Empowerment Principles, and, has consultative status to the UN Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) and Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Camille also advocates for children’s rights, women’s rights, gender equality, gender & sexual diversity, and is a Master SCUBA diver promoting recycling, segregation, and ocean conservation.
FounderElle Intimates, Inc.
CarmenSteunenbergMy husband and I currently live and work (as volunteers) in the Solomon Islands. I have been involved in DFG for about 10 years and I am currently mentoring a local Solomon Island lady in all things DFG as well as teaching sewing to other local SI women.MentorSWIM
Isabell MemaRasch23 years of age born and raised in Samoa, I work at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program as the Technical and Finance Assistant of the Access & Benefit Sharing Regional Project. Together with Angelica and Sose we operate Mana Care products which offer environmental and affordable cloth pads for Women in Samoa. Growing up in the Islands I have always had a strong passion for the environment and take great pride in who I am as a tama’ita’i Samoa. Mana Care helps us all infuse our different passions while promoting positive change in our families and communities.Co-founderMana Care Products
JackKalsrapWe have committed to work with Belinda Roselli to develop and move forward Mamma's Laef Vanuatu. We are ni Vanuatu and enjoy the opportunity to support women of all ages in Vanuatu by making washable sanitary pads and giving awareness and education to women of all ages in Vanuatu.Owner/OperatorsMamma's Laef Vanuatuwww.lavkokonas.com
JenniferPooleManaging a sexual and reproductive health organization based in Fiji.Executive DirectorMedical Services Pacific
Joanna MottCurrently working part time as Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist on the Water for Women Fund.Gender and Social Inclusion SpecialistGHD
LeataAlaimoana-RobertsImpact Investment Manager for Pacific RegionImpact Investment ManagerPacific Trade Invest Australiawww.pacifictradeinvest.com
MaryKalsrapWe have committed to work with Belinda Roselli to develop and move forward Mamma's Laef Vanuatu. We are ni Vanuatu and enjoy the opportunity to support women of all ages in Vanuatu by making washable sanitary pads and giving awareness and education to women of all ages in Vanuatu.Owner/OperatorsMamma's Laef Vanuatuwww.lavkokonas.com
Mary SandraRamosaeaI worked as the production manager for Kaleko Steifree and I am very passionate about community development in particular the work around Menstrual Hygiene Management for women and girls in Solomon Islands.Production ManagerKaleko Steifree (M&J Enterprise)
Megan Chisolm
Megan Chisholm is the Country Director for CARE responsible for programs in Vanuatu in the Pacific. Megan has worked in development and humanitarian programming for 20 years. She is passionate about gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, and the Pacific. CARE Vanuatu has been a vocal advocate for greater awareness and discussion about MHM issues in the region.Country DirectorCARE Vanuatu and Pacific
Meredith HickmanHead of Strategy, supporting WaterAid to assess and choose our programming directions in South East Asia and the Pacific. Supported country teams and Technical Leads working on various initiatives to improve MHM in countries in Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific.Head of StrategyWaterAid
Michelle LawsMichelle Laws has four years experience working on gender issues in Asia, Africa and the United States. This includes: Increasing the number women in STEM fields at Texas A&M University; Studying the effects of ‘comfort’ women on Korean-Japanese relations; Evaluating community based fistula prevention projects in Mali; and Analyzing the effects of the Mexico City Policy on international NGOs worldwide. Most recently, I've been working to help advance family planning initiatives using menstrual health as an entry point through gender-transformative approaches in Timor Leste.Marie Stopes Timor-LesteMarie Stopes Timor-LesteMariestopes.tl
MilenaBacalja PerianesMilena is a feminist entrepreneur, social innovator and gender expert focused on gender-lens investing, women-centred design, and SRHR. She has designed and implemented women-focused programmes and solutions working with the UN, World Bank, International AIDS Society and Simavi. Milena is Co-Founder of the Menstrual Health Hub and Amble.Co-Founder and Deputy DirectorThe Menstrual Health Hubwww.mhhub.org
NinaBoydellI have worked all my life in community development. Much of my work has been in remote locations in Australia and the Pacific. After several years working in Bougainville, I have returned to Australia where I have set up a project to make feminine hygiene kits for women in PNG.VolunteerPNG
NoemiaSoaresI am passionate with working for women and girls' healthBusiness OwnerBele Kria
Renee PaxtonRenee has over 8.5 years experience with Government (DFAT & AusAID) managing a range of Australian aid development and humanitarian programs. She has managed a number of health and gender programs, including the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Health Systems Strengthening. She is currently a Senior Policy in the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Section of DFAT, managing the new DFAT Water for Women Fund, and WASH partnerships with WHO and UNICEF.Senior Policy Officer, Water, Sanitation & HygieneDFATwww.dfat.gov.au
Sarah WilsonSarah has a passion for community development which has lead her to travel from her native Australia to work in Japan, the United Kingdom, Cambodia and Indonesia. She is an advocate for social enterprise, believing that business and development must go hand in hand to reduce poverty. In her role as Associate Director of Solutions Lab Team, her appetite for creative thinking and determination to solve problems in low-resource settings are met on a daily basis through the challenges of delivering Kopernik’s enormous variety of experimentation projects.Associate Director (Solutions Lab)Kopernikwww.kopernik.info
Sarah Laird34 years working in the Indigenous health arena. Co-Founder of HEAPS International PNG Inc NGO and Founder of HEAPS International (Australia) Ltd Charity. Since 2004 being working on and off in Papua New Guinea. 15 years writing Aboriginal Health Worker curriculum with lecturing at the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (KAMS). Founder and Producer of KAMS Health Promotion Unit which gained a National reputation for delivering innovative health education project in remote and regional Aboriginal communities.Founder/DirectorHEAPS International Foundationwww.heapspng.com
Tomos PenelopeOpakaI am passionate about menstrual hygiene management and the work we do here in Solomon IslandsBusiness Manager assistantKaleko Steifree ( M&J Enterprise)
TraceyNewburyTracey Newbury is the Director of the Gender, Pacific and Capacity Support Section, in DFAT’s Gender Equality Branch. She manages DFAT’s $320 million flagship gender equality program – Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development. Tracey has worked for the Australian Government’s aid program for over 20 years, with a break from 2006-2009 when she worked for UNAIDS in their Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. She has also worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Tracey has been a board member of the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service since October 2016.DirectorDFATwww.dfat.gov.au
VerebasagaRobertI'm the Senior Program Manager for the Partnership for Health & Rights Program at IPPF Pacific office working very closely with eight Pacific Member Association. I have great development work experience in the Pacific having worked in Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV and STI working with governments, civil society, faith based, private sector including community based groups working specifically with marginalised communities. My prior experience before joining IPFF has been focused on Grants Management work.Senior Program ManagerInternational Planned Parenthood Federation IPPF
YolondeEntschYolonde Entsch lives a life which is a rich tapestry of experiences. Passionate about empowering women, of all ages, places, cultures and communities, she is absolutely committed to making change and creating opportunities. She does this through public speaking, public programs and volunteering her time, experience and skills to help others be bold and brave.FounderAuthentic Powerwww.authenticpower.org.au
YoshikoYamaguchi-CapelleI was born and raised on the island on Majuro in the Marshall Islands. After completing my primary and secondary education on Majuro, I left to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 2012. Within 2 months, I returned to Majuro and was immediately recruited as a field worker for the RMI Family Health and Safety Study (2012). The study opened my eyes to the prevalence of human rights violations for women of my country. I have been an advocate for women's rights in my country ever since.Advisory Board MemberPacific Women Shaping Pacific Development
Zulmira FonsecaCarvalho AmaralI am a community development worker. I am interested to make change in the community.Business OwnerElda's Sewcrafted