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Irise / Advocate

to end period shame Join the movement

Put your passion into action and  help end period shame within a generation.

The Problem



Negative perceptions of menstruation cause those who have periods to experience stigma, causing exclusion and isolation



Menstrual stigma causes those who have periods to feel shame and embarrassment, lowering their confidence and self-esteem

Not Realising Full Potential


Experiencing menstrual stigma and shame limits those with periods from realising their full potential

Period Inequality


People with periods are not free to live the lives they choose to live

The Solution

Join the Movement


Join the Irise Advocacy Network and act with Empower Period. Speak out and share your menstrual story.

Lead Change


Receive training with Irise and become a leader for positive social change

Empower Others


Transform your community into a period positive environment and advocate nationally for period equality

End Period Shame


People with periods live their lives free from period shame

Lukia my period, I would not go to school since Irise, I feel free I be with my friends.' 'When I was on

Lizzie to fight the stigma around periods because if people 'I'm working with Irise were more open I wouldn't have been so worried.'

Join Empower Period

Act now and end period shame for good

Aged 15-25 in the UK and passionate about ending period shame? Want to develop your professional skills? Click the Empower Period logo above to apply to become an Agent of Change and lead your community to period freedom!

If being an Agent of Change isn't right for you but you would still like to receive opportunities to develop your advocacy skills and professional development, then sign up to join the Empower Period Network by clicking the logo above!

Could you provide support and mentorship to the Empower Period Agents of Change? If you think you could help develop young people's skills and provide guidance during their advocacy journey, click the logo above to become an Empower Period Mentor!

Do you work with young people who are passionate about ending period poverty? Click the logo above to sign up to explore a partnership between your organisation and Empower Period. Lets empower young people to lead together!

Empower Period Podcast 1 – Menstruation and Invisible Disability

Empower Period Podcast founders Acushla Young (Irise International’s Advocacy Coordinator) and Dr Maria Tomlinson (Professor at the University of Sheffield), chat with special guest Pippa Line about her experience of managing periods alongside chronic illness.


Our Featured Voices

Meet the lovely people from our network blogging and sharing on our social media channels. We're thrilled to have them on board sharing stories, insights and passion. You can connect directly with them via the Irise channels with your questions and thoughts on all things Irise.



“I’m a graduate in social anthropology and now volunteer with Irise International, taking on lots of different roles to support their many amazing projects. I’m passionate about women’s health and the importance of access for young girls to accurate, sustainable information about their bodies as well as menstrual products. I particularly enjoy writing and editing blog posts for Irise and love to be active outside in my spare time.”



“I am currently a student studying Politics and Sociology. I am really enjoying volunteering for Irise and believe the work we are doing creates positive change. My goal is to contribute to end shame and stigma surrounding periods by using my communication and writing skills. I believe no one should be held back by their Period and that eradicating period poverty can contribute to gender equality.”



“I’m a current third year history student at the University of Sheffield. I began volunteering at Irise last year and I have focused mainly on the social media side of Irise, aiming to develop this into being an interactive part of the charity. I am extremely passionate about being part of an organisation that aims to end period stigma by opening up the period conversation and rising awareness. I’ve had so much fun being part of the organisation that has such a genuine ethos.”

Period Stories

Share your story to help smash the silence and end the shame.

Irise Voices

Our advocates share why they're building a movement to end period shame.

"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 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

"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