Meet Our Collective
Our collective is a group of individuals from different cultural backgrounds, contexts, countries, and creeds, all with the same mission, to fight for mentrual health through cross-sector collaboration, creative communications, and action-orientated advocacy.
Dr. Jennifer Martin
Dr. Jennifer S. Martin is a Scottish Menstrual Rights Activist, World Health Organisation Consultant, and the Co-Founder of Women in Global Health Finland. She has a background in public health, social innovation, sexual and reproductive health rights, women’s empowerment and non-communicable disease. She has worked in the public, private and third sector leading projects across India, Bangladesh, USA, Scotland, England, Nepal and Zimbabwe. She has a NIHR-funded PhD in Public Health from the University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and a Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Founder of #FreePeriodsScotland
Ateeb Ahmad Parray
Ateeb Ahmad Parray is a global health researcher and intersectional feminist based in Bangladesh at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. He works in the areas of gender, sexual and reproductive health, humanitarian emergencies, intersectionality, health systems and health policy with a special focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations including urban informal settlement dwellers and displaced populations. Ateeb Co-Chairs the SHAPES Thematic working group of Health Systems Global and serves as the Country Director (Bangladesh) of the STAR Scholars network which envisions to advance global social mobility by using research and advocacy. Ateeb is also co-lead of the ‘intersectionality’ and ‘humanitarian emergencies’ sub-groups under Gender and COVID-19 initiative. Ateeb holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences from the University of Dhaka and a Masters degree in Public Health from BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University.
General Secretary of Federation of African Medical Students’ Association, & Medical Student
Physiotherapist, and Administrative Officer, Slum and Rural Health Initiative Network
PhD Student, Indian Institute of Management
Karan Babbar is a PhD Scholar at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His research focus lies in the intersection of education and sexual and reproductive health with a focus on gender. He critically engages with issues of social concern like gender, menstruation through media articles, movies and documentaries, and creating awareness about them on the social media platform.
MPH Student and WGH Chile Lead
public health specialist & Epidemiologist
Claire Hunt is the founder and general manager of Homeless Period Ireland, a volunteer initiative that was founded to provide free period products to women & girls in need.
Claire is passionate about changing the negative perceptions of menstruation and normalizing the subject of women’s health through education.
In 2019 Claire was the driving force behind an all-female cross-party motion in Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) that proposed the provision of free period products in all schools and universities which was passed by the house.
Dina is a medical student from Haiti. She is also a social activist who has participated in many projects of the Haitian association of medical students (AHEM-IFMSA) – first as coordinator of the commission on human rights, then as coordinator of health campaigns, and finally as vice president of external affairs.
She is a dynamic girl with a critical mind. She has an interest in social medicine, public health, research, women, and children’s rights.
Partnership & Advocacy officer
Ana Gutierrez is Global Health professional. She recently concluded a master degree on Global Health at Kings College London. She previously studied Clinical Nutrition as an undergraduate and has been a health volunteer in numerous countries around the world.
Ana is currently the Digital Communications Associate at Women in Global Health and she is motivated to catalyse change through creative communications.
Crisis Communications Specialist
Eunice Kilonzo is an award-winning Health Communications and (Social) Media Specialist currently a Manager, Content Generation at Safaricom PLC. Her immediate former role was with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) HQ in Nairobi, Kenya as a Social Media and Content Consultant. Eunice has extensive hands-on experience in organizational communications and media management across a range of sectors: health, science, environment, technology, financial services and development. Her expertise includes multimedia editorial development, storytelling training, stakeholder management, internal communications, social media and digital publishing.
She is fascinated with newer forms of storytelling and content creation, generation and sharing. She also creates monthly video series, #KalundeLearns, an online storytelling platform for creators and creatives. The monthly video series affords you a front-row seat to learn how people have turned their passion into a lifestyle and a living.
Through Leadership Associate
Roshini Bains studied English with a focus on research around intersectional gender inequality at Exeter university. Her dissertation focused on the marginalisation of LGBTQA+ women and men in India and researched their accessibility to health social care support. She is motivated to educate and enhance discussions around improvements in the health and social care system, particularly for minority populations.
She hopes to apply this knowledge to her work at Pandemic Periods to ensure that the Collective is examining menstrual health through an intersectional lens.
Ruth Kamau is a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH) advocate with experience in social and behaviour change communication based in Kenya. She advocates for for access to affordable SRH services and story-telling to influence positive change in matters Gender Equality. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Population Health and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health with 3+ years’ experience in the NGO sector. She is passionate about working and running programs with women and girls from Low and Middle Income Countries by empowering them and passing on knowledge about their freedom and rights when it comes to their reproductive health. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading self-help books, moving to a good Latin dance or hiking and chasing waterfalls.
Torgyn Issa is a research assistant at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. The topic of her current research is a molecular epidemiological study to determine the prevalence of oncogenic HPV strains for cervical cancer prevention in Kazakhstan. Her major research studies are women’s health, occupational health, public health related social issues.
Oluwatoyosi Ayodele ‘Toyo’ is a human rights enthusiast. She holds a bachelor of laws degree from University of Abuja, Nigeria. She is currently rounding up her masters in international human rights law from the Irish Centre For Human Rights at NUI Galway. She previously worked with leading international human rights organisation- Amnesty International, researching and campaigning for economic social and cultural rights of vulnerable groups. She has a keen interest in research and advocacy aimed at promoting gender equality and fostering policy change. In April 2021, she co-authored a report that addressed the links between menstrual health and human rights.
Erza Selmani, orginally from Kosovo, is completing her master’s dissertation at the University of Strathclyde in Digital Health Systems. Her experience is mainly in research and projects closely related to health and social science. Her ambition is to become a change-maker in the field of health in particular for socially disadvantaged groups.
Manal Bidar is a Moroccan Youth Advocate, Climate Activist and Feminist. She is currently the Communications Lead for YOUNGO, the Official Youth Constituency of the UNFCCC. She has previous experience managing a national project focused on mobilizing young people and is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in both International Relations and Business Administration