Our mission

Pandemic Periods is a global collective that is advocating for menstrual health mainstreaming in COVID-19 responses, humanitarian responses, and in wider public health programmes. Our integrated volunteer-led team consists of activists, policy experts, public health professionals, media specialists, frontline health workers, and researchers from 21 countries. Together, we apply rights-based approaches and an intersectional lens to co-create action-orientated advocacy campaigns for the local, regional, and global level.

We aim to showcase local expertise in the area of menstrual health (including WASH, sexual and reproductive health, education, inclusion, community programmes, and policy), and support knowledge sharing, so we can learn from our colleagues across the world. We do this through generating compelling thought leadership, virtual events, and partnerships. 

We also support early-career individuals to develop their experience in this space, and build skills around writing creative narratives, academic writing, multi-cultural team corporation, advocacy, and events curation. We offer mentorship when applying for jobs, interview technique, and how to work in a professional environment. We also support our junior team members to gain experience in team management, recruitment, strategy development, and in getting published.  

Together, we want to build an inclusive and supportive network, so we can continue to address the challenges that prevent women, adolescent girls, transgender men, and non-binary individuals attaining menstrual health.

MENSTRUAL HEALTH MATTERS

The Pandemic Periods Collective speaks out about the challenges facing individuals around the world who menstruate, and how Covid-19 is impacting the way they manage they menstrual health as well as their access to period products.
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our generation equality forum commitment

We pledge to drive collective action around Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 to achieve gender equality to empower all women and girls and facilitate efforts that ensure that all girls and women can manage their periods with dignity to achieve SDG 3 of good health and well-being.
800 million individuals are menstruating each day, yet menstruation is not always recognised as a priority in women’s, girls, transmen and non-binary individuals health and wellbeing. Through our global collective, we will continue to raise the visibility of sub-optimal menstrual health, and through creative storytelling and action-orientated advocacy, we will advocate for safe, affordable, and hygienic products, discreet spaces, and hygiene facilities so women, girls, and all people that menstruate can manage their periods with dignity.
Pandemic Periods will commit to advocating for menstrual health to be recognized independently of sexual and reproductive rights – we want multilaterals to have teams dedicated to menstrual health, not just sexual and reproductive health. We also pledge to advocate for menstrual health across the life course, not just for adolescent girls.
We are committed to advocating for girl’s and women’s needs, and their involvement should be integrated into the co-design and execution of advocacy initiatives, interventions, and gender transformative approaches that address menstrual health in the context of COVID-19, and in the future.
We will work with employers around the world to encourage them to adopt gender-transformative policies that will create gender-responsive workplaces that address the needs of individuals that menstruate across the life course.
We will also continue to support young women to gain further experience in this sector, by offering training and exposure to global health, menstrual health, gender equality advocacy.
Covid-19 is likely to cause the first increase in global poverty since 1998. The World Bank (2021) suggests that the pandemic will push a further 150 million people will enter extreme poverty by the end of 2021. The harsh reality is that this situation will exacerbate the social determinants that underpin the cycle of poor menstrual health. When household incomes are strained, “luxury” items such as periods products are deprioritised. Research conducted by Plan International highlighted that increased costs of period products, supply shortages, and reduced household incomes, meaning that women and girls were unable to manage their periods appropriately. The team at Plan (2020) that surveyed health professionals in 30 countries and 73% said that restricted access to products through shortages or disrupted supply chains is a major issue during the pandemic.
Periods do not stop for pandemics, we have a responsibility to ensure that they do not hamper the efforts of health workers, caregivers, or anyone that is experiencing physical, psychological, or emotional challenges during this pandemic.
All individuals that menstruate have the right to menstrual health. Together, we will aim raise the viabilities of the challenges in reaching good menstrual health for all individuals that menstruate during the Covid-19 pandemic.