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We enable those experiencing disadvantage because they have a female body to overcome the barriers they face, supporting them to come together reshape their wider communities and institutionalise sustainable change for all through collective power, learning and advocacy.

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Latest Research

The coronavirus pandemic has forced existing inequalities into crisis. Our new research amplifies the experiences and priorities of our communities.

10 Million Futures

Over 10 million girls are at-risk of school drop out because of the pandemic. The most marginalised girls continue to face increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and forced marriage- they are losing hope. We’re calling for urgent action to protect their futures.

Young and Female: The Double Disadvantage

Our latest report on young women in the UK highlights how young women are bearing the brunt of the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. They feel unheard in decision making processes. We’re calling on government to unlock their potential by putting their voices at the centre.

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Irise Voices

Hear from our network, partners and passionate people like you why Irise matters.

"Being able to support Irise has not only empowered myself and people that attend our events but also allowed me to help tackle a crises that can not simply be ignored.”

Josh - Volunteer

"Irise have always been as helpful as they are generous in sharing their substantial expertise to support the development of Dig Deep and our government partner's Menstrual Hygiene Management programme in Kenya."

Ben Skelton - CEO of Dig Deep

"From the start of my collaboration with Irise I have been impressed in that they do not just wish to help school girls but they wish to quantify the effect of what they do. This increases the impact of their work beyond the immediate girls who they assist and is a real strength of the charity."

Steven Julious - Professor of Statistics

"Irise are a world leader in menstrual health research and programming. Their integrity, evidence-based approach and genuine passion are the foundations of their work and I\u2019m privileged to partner with them on a range of exciting projects."

Dr Dani Barrington - Menstrual Health Researcher

"Irise is the first community I have been a part of where I have felt completely open talking about periods; the supportive culture has provided me with an important safe space to break down my own internalised menstrual stigma."

Sophie - Advocacy Trustee

"I'm working with Irise to fight the stigma and taboo around periods because if people were more open to talking about periods when I was at school I wouldn't have been so worried! ”

Lizzie - Agent of Change

"I did not want to be with my friends, I would sit alone, but since Irise came and taught us, I feel free, I be with my friends”

Lukia - Ugandan Schoolgirl

"After learning and understanding menstruation with Irise, all I wanted to do was to let people know that it is something to be proud of not to be ashamed."

Sam - Ugandan advocate

"Using Irise International’s menstrual education material, we were able to speak with the community about menstruation. I was so happy to share this with them and to empower them to escape the fear and worry that used to come with every period.”

Joannie - Irise Trustee