Dr. Inga Winkler is a lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her research focuses on socio-economic rights, development, gender, social justice and substantive equality. Current research projects address menstrual health and wellbeing, the human right to sanitation, and the UN Special Procedures,
Her books include the first comprehensive monograph on the human right to water, an edited volume on the Sustainable Development Goals, and the forthcoming Handbook on Critical Menstruation Studies. Her articles have appeared in the International Journal of Human Rights, the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and the Human Rights Law Review among others.
Inga is the Director of the Working Group on Menstrual Health & Gender Justice and ...
New grant-funded project to assess policy developments on menstrual health
We're embarking on a new research project to assess policy developments on menstrual hygiene and health through the lens of human rights, focusing on India, Kenya, Senegal and the United States. We're particularly interested in exploring whose voices, interests and needs are centered and whose are marginalized in these policies and the processes leading to their adoption, and how this influences the framing of policies both in terms of their scope and the targeted populations.
Menstruation has emerged as a key entry point for current discussions on gender justice recognizing the body as foundational, urgent and politically relevant. This is why menstruation matters: it unites the personal and the political, the intimate and the public, the physiological and the socio-cultural. The course will examine different spheres of life, including health, education, equality in the work place, freedom of religion, and cultural rights. It will pay particular attention to the intersection of gender and other markers of inequalities, including disability, socio-economic status, age, caste, and gender identity.
I will teach this course together with colleagues:
Report Launched at Congressional Briefing: Flushed and Forgotten
Communities across the United States lack basic sanitation, leading to health and environmental crises that largely affect individuals living in poverty, advocates explained in a set of briefings before Congress, organized by Earthjustice to foster attention to this national problem and catalyze solutions.
Sabrina Kozikis, M.A., on the Paradox of the Human Right to Water in the U.S.
Sabrina Kozikis who completed her thesis earlier this year is going to present her research on Water Is a Human Right' - Exploring the Paradox of Framing Water as a Human Right in a Hostile Political Climate as a finalist at the GSAS SynThesis Competition and later in May at the Law & Society Annual Meeting in Washington DC.
Upcoming Events in Spring 2019
Obstetrics & Gynecology Publishes Editorial on Unmet Menstrual Health Needs
It seems like everyone is talking about menstrual health these days. But WHAT and WHO are we missing? My recent editorial in Obstetrics & Gynecology discusses how human rights shine a light on unmet needs and menstruation at the margins.
Graduate Students Complete Their Theses
My graduate students have completed fascinating research projects, including four theses that provide fresh perspectives on current developments in menstrual studies. Congratulations Trisha, Sydney, Tori, Anna and Sabrina!