When I started my period, the absence of empowering knowledge combined with menstrual stigma and a pelvic pain disorder made menstruation a difficult experience. As I got older and learned that women and girls all over the world are held back by their periods in myriad ways and that this is ultimately as an issue of gender inequity, I was compelled to act. By joining Irise’s Agents of Change programme in 2018 I learnt so much more about the issue and was able to raise awareness about it amongst my own networks via a social media campaign combined with a 268 mile sponsored hike. Since completing Agents of Change, I have become Irise’s first Advocacy Trustee and have set up the Advocacy Committee in order to grow and provide opportunities for Irise’s network of supporters. Our ultimate aim is to empower the Advocacy Network to enact real change on the “toxic trio” of period poverty in the UK and East Africa. Despite only forming in April, I have been so inspired by the levels of enthusiasm, wealth of ideas, and passion for menstrual matters that I have seen from all of our committee. In the coming months I am looking forward to supporting the committee with plans for exciting new events, volunteer opportunities, grant applications and much more. Watch this space!
My role on the advocacy committee is Grassroot Network Officer which is about connecting with different grassroot and community organisations to build relationships. I initially became involved with Irise through the Agents of Change programme whilst studying International Development. In the next couple of months I would love to establish some new relationships with organisations that are as passionate as Irise so we can really make a difference together.
I'm Ellie Martin and I'm the Agents of Change Officer on the new Advocacy Committee. I got involved with Irise in 2018 when I joined the Agents of Change Programme. The campaign I launched as part of this student volunteer project included awareness and fundraising activities such as teaching workshops on period poverty to school pupils in my local area. In the coming months I hope to expand the programme, recruiting new participants from universities across the country and creating a mentoring structure with people already involved with Irise.
My name is Jess Hull and I’m the Communications Officer for the Irise Advocacy Committee, this means I’ll be compiling the Irregular Periodical and keeping you updated on news and events. I got involved with Irise campaigns and fundraising while still at university and am excited to support the charity in my new role over the coming months. I hope to expand the Irregular Periodical as a platform for expression and a space to share thoughts and ideas about Irise’s work and period poverty.
Hi I’m Lizzie Goolden! I’m the new Projects and Fundraising Officer on Irise’s Advocacy Committee. I got involved with Irise during my masters degree last year when I conducted my dissertation research in partnership with Irise, looking at girls experiences of menstrual taboos across the UK and Uganda. I am really excited to be involved with the committee and looking forward to the work we are planning in the upcoming months. For the projects part of my role I am going to be facilitating communication and understanding between the committee and Irise’s projects working directly with women and girls. For the fundraising element, I will be collecting together and evaluating past fundraising concepts carried out by Irise’s fab volunteers and developing new, exciting concepts for the future.
I got involved with Irise at my university through the friends of irise society. After graduating I wanted to continue to support the charity and this coincided with the enrolment of the agent of change programme, which I participated in. Period poverty continues to remain and I wanted to be in a position where I could contribute towards projects that are helping to alleviate the issue, which is why I applied to be the Grants Coordinator. I hope to search and find more grants that enable Irise to expand its reach and fund exciting new projects.