Our Mission​

There is a global pandemic of poor menstrual health!

Menstrual health is a gateway to addressing SRHR across the life course. We are the movement leading multi-sectoral cooperation, research, and programmes to diversify and drive global menstrual health.

 Pandemic Periods advocates using our convening power, applying rights-based approaches and an intersectional lens to co-create action-orientated advocacy that will feed into the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and drive the inclusion of menstrual health in the next generation of development goals.

We aim to strengthen skills, allowing activists to address the six areas outlined in the Priority List of Indicators for Girls’ Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Technical Guidance and National Monitoring.  We offer global knowledge-sharing opportunities via regional virtual events, high-level events at UNGA and CSW, on our blog through external publications, and by curating new partnerships.

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

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

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.
Eight hundred 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 well-being. Through our global collective, we will continue to raise the visibility of sub-optimal menstrual health. 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 recognised independently of sexual and reproductive rights – we want multilateral 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 girls 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 worldwide 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, and gender equality advocacy.