The WinS4Girls E-Course

The WinS4Girls E-Course

December 28, 2015

Increasing capacity to conduct research on menstrual hygiene management in schools

In recognition of the positive impact on girls’ education, initiatives around the world are addressing adolescent girls’ menstrual hygiene management (MHM) needs in coordination with ongoing efforts to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and services in schools. By offering an alternative to the stigma and marginalization often associated with menstruation, integrating MHM into WASH in Schools empowers all students, especially girls.

The WinS4Girls E-Course was designed by the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University and UNICEF to help strengthen the capacity of WASH practitioners and policymakers to carry out rigorous research that investigates local MHM practices and challenges. The course is part of ‘WASH in Schools for Girls: Advocacy and Capacity Building for MHM through WASH in Schools Programmes (WinS4Girls Project)’, which is being funded by the Canadian Government.

We encourage other organizations or universities to adapt the course to reach practitioners in the field, either face-to face or through distance learning. All course materials, including module presentations, research tools and background documents, are available to download, adapt and use.

Module 0: Introduction


Module 1: MHM and WASH in Schools


Module 2: Incorporating gender into MHM research and programming


Module 3: Research ethics


Module 4: Planning research


Module 5: Qualitative and quantitative methods

Module 6: Research tools, Part 1


Module 7: Research tools, Part 2


Module 8: Collecting, recording and managing data


Module 9: Training a research team, and piloting and executing research


Module 10: Integrating research into practice


Module 11: Qualitative data analysis


Module 12: Advocacy


For more information on the WinS4Girls E-Course and support in adapting it to your context, contact Bethany Caruso,, or Murat Sahin,