Once a Month: Menstruation and Health in Higher Education
Date and time
Wednesdays, 27 April 2022 – 13 July 2022
Online and in person at Universität Potsdam
Koordinationsbüro für Chancengleichheit der Universität Potsdam
What does menstruation have to do with higher education? A great deal, because it affects a large proportion of students and university employees. In the course of the monthly cycle, a person’s ability to concentrate and learn changes, and there can sometimes be considerable discomfort, which has an impact on everyday university life. However, menstruation is more than a purely physical process; culturally and historically, it has been and continues to be connected with certain qualities and norms. At the same time, a lack of information prevails, which leads to an ambivalent approach to it. Menstruation is often described as “natural”, but taboo in everyday life.
This series of events aims to make menstruation visible at the university and contribute to its normalisation: Once a month the series will take a look at the individual and social potential of the menstrual cycle, deal with vaginal health and question body images and stigmas as well as how we deal with menstruation. In the context of higher education, we ask: What can a cycle-appropriate work and study environment look like, in which everyone can develop their potential and participate fully in everyday university life?