Interviews with Advocates
Are you an individual, or part of an organisation that is based in the UK and involved in menstrual advocacy? If so, please get in touch! I would love to interview you.
Advocates and activists have played a huge role in shaping media coverage - from their creating viral period hashtags to their protests being featured in newspapers.
I am therefore dedicating a chapter of my book (and perhaps an article or two) to the fantastic work which is currently being undertaken by menstrual activists and advocates in the UK.
See below for some quotes by a selection of the wonderful advocates I have already interviewed.
Quotes from my interviews with menstrual advocates and activists
Interview with Kenny Ethan Jones, trans activist and model
I was very fortunate to interview the incredible activist and model Kenny Ethan Jones. We talked about how he became involved in menstrual activism through Pink Parcel's I'm on Campaign, how he uses Instagram for his activism, and the importance of avoiding terms such as "feminine hygeine" because they exclude some menstruators.
On the subject of inclusive language on menstrual products, he said:
"That’s the change that’s the most reasonable…that is the least of what I can expect, and it will just make it a lot easier for everybody. It’s a simple change of language, it’s not that big of a deal."
You can follow Kenny here.
I certainly plan on keeping up with his wonderful campaigns to destigmatise menstruation and raise awareness of the experiences of trans people.
Interview with Sarah Boateng, founder of IGEA (Investing in Girl's Education in Africa)
During my interview with Sarah, she told me that she founded IGEA, after leaning that girls in rural areas of Ghana were missing school on their period. Sarah is a great example to anyone who is thinking about starting their own NGO or just putting themselves out there as an individual in order to tackle period poverty.
On the subject of how the media could better challenge period stigma and period poverty, Sarah said:
"I think as well diversity, showing not only black and Asian women [who are combatting period poverty], but also the young girls that are doing such great things in Wales or in these little towns that are outside of London. They’re making such a difference in their community. Because you’re going to empower more people like that I think as well, rather than the same cluster of women or girls working in this field. The wider we open the more girls that we’re going to be able to support, and then soon no girl will be left behind on her period, and that’s my whole mission; that’s what I think we should be working towards."
Find out more about the incredible work of IGEA here or follow Sarah on twitter @apps_sarah
Interview with Molly Fenton, Founder of Love Your Period
Molly is a wonderful example to teenagers who would like to be involved in activism and make a difference in their communities. Molly began challenging period stigma as a teenager.
Molly told me that she wants the traditional media to portray periods in a more realistic way and not gloss over the lived reality of having a period:
'They don’t talk about the impact [your period] has on your life – even if you have a relatively easy period, it’s not easy. Even if you’ve got a cycle that comes at the same time, or you don’t get very much pain, it’s still really difficult to be sat in school for five hours whilst you’re sitting in your own blood or all these different things that we do. It’s just really difficult and, of course, your brain function isn’t there either really. So it really annoys me and I try and stick it in as many interviews as I can and sometimes it is taken out. This is the reality, the cramps, the food issues...'
You can follow Molly's campaign on Instagram (@LoveYourPeriod) and on Twitter @LoveYourPeriod1.