By: Sami Sharfin
ICYMI: March 8 is International Women’s Day!
To celebrate, we are highlighting four women who have made tangible commitments toward period equity, all over the world.
At 17, Amika started the #FreePeriods campaign to urge all public schools and colleges in England to provide pads and tampons to students. Thanks to her determination and crowdfunding efforts to take legal action, the U.K. Government announced they’d provide funding for period products in schools in 2019!
Candice is a South Africa-based menstruation activist working toward destigmatizing the topic of periods and lobbying to end period poverty in South Africa — one of the most unequal countries in the world. She is the founder and director of an NGO, Qrate, through which she helps educate young people about periods.
Suhani has been empowering the voices of women in Mumbai for over 10 years. Working alongside community leaders, she founded the Myna Mahila Foundation, which raises awareness of period poverty and provides affordable products to menstruators in need.
To help menstruators in Ethiopia manage their periods, Sara founded Noble Cup, an organization that makes and distributes menstrual cups to those in need across the country. Through Noble Cup, Sara works to ensure that every menstruator has an affordable and sustainable option during their period.
While these activists have made incredible strides toward equity and accessibility, there is still a LOT of work to be done for period products to be freely accessible to everyone, everywhere.