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

Global Director

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.

Victoria Heaney

Senior Advisor
Founder of #FreePeriodsScotland

Victoria Heaney is the creator of #FreePeriodScotland, a national research project which illuminated historical and real time barriers faced by women, girls and people who menstruate accessing period products. She is known for her role in politicising periods, which enabled rapid creation of policy and legislation making Scotland a world leading period positive country. She is currently working on a strategic community response regarding the effects of digital inequality as a result of COVID-19.
Ateeb Ahmad Parray

Bangladesh Correspondent

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.

Laura Nyiha

Kenya Correspondent
General Secretary of Federation of African Medical Students’ Association, & Medical Student

Laura Nyiha is an undergraduate medical student in Kenya. She is also the General Secretary Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA) 2019/2020, passionate about improvement of health from grassroot level to global health. She is a technology enthusiast, writer and blogger, and she is a believer of active community involvement for attainment of better health care systems.
Ruth Oladele

Nigeria Correspondent
Physiotherapist, and Administrative Officer, Slum and Rural Health Initiative Network

Ruth Oladele is a gender-equality advocate, a multiple award-winning researcher and a seasoned physical therapist. Her research interest is in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with focus on vulnerable populations and underserved groups in slum and rural communities. She is a Senior Research Associate at Slum and Rural Health Initiative Research Academy, where she leads a team of over 100 researchers in sexual health research projects on vulnerable communities. She also facilitates the Sexuality Information Mental Behavioural Initiative (SIMBIHealth) advocacy project, which utilizes an artificial intelligence-driven application to teach comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and youths.
Karan Babbar

India Correspondent
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.

Becca Residorf

Chile Correspondent
MPH Student and WGH Chile Lead

Rebecca Reisdorf is a public health professional working for a Chilean NGO that aims to improve women’s perinatal health. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is co-leading Women in Global Health Chile and is an active member of the feminist cooperative “Entramadas”.
Alhelí Calderón

Mexico Correspondent

Alhelí Calderón is a lMexican physician graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (UA de C), and Master of Public Health and trained in Global Health from the National Public Health Institute (INSP). PhD Public Health student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU). Global Health instructor in Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) in Mexico. Interested in social determinants of health, health equity, intersectionality, social and environmental justice, mental health, social and reproductive health and rights, and water, sanitation, and hygiene access, including menstrual hygiene.
Choolwe Jacobs

Zambia Correspondent
public health specialist & Epidemiologist

Choolwe Jacobs is a social epidemiologist and public health specialist. She is the country lead for WGH Zambia and a researcher at the university of Zambia. Her research interests are around women’s health with equity related focus.
Claire hunt

ireland Correspondent

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 Saintilmon

Haiti Correspondent

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.

Josephine Ruiz

Partnership & Advocacy officer

Josephine has a bachelors in Human Sciences from Oxford University, and she is now completing a masters at King’s College London in Global Health. She has experience working in Kenya for several girls’ educational programmes and she will be completing her dissertation on a girls’ empowerment project in Lewa Conservancy, Kenya. She believes that grassroots programmes can support girls to facilitate change.
Ana Gutierrez

Communications Lead

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.

Ivonne Rodríguez Díaz

Pan-American Communications Manager

Ivonne Rodríguez Díaz is a journalist, communications and partnerships specialist. Feminist and human rights advocate. 

Eunice Kilonzo

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. 

Roshini Bains

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 Kamu

Research Associate

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

Research Associate

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

Research Assistant

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

Research Assistant

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

Project Officer

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

Zuhrat Inam

Deputy Bangladesh Correspondent

Zuhrat Inam is a global health professional based in Bangladesh and currently working in the Rohingya refugee response in Cox’s Bazar at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She completed her Bachelors in Economics and Political Science from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and her Masters in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked as a researcher at the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, also in the Rohingya refugee crisis. She is enthusiastic about health in humanitarian emergencies, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and refugee health. 

Antonia Theodorakopoulou

Strategy Consultant

Antonia, originally from Greece, is an awarded multi-startup co-founder and leader of national and international initiatives. She recently finished her MSci in Computational Chemistry at KCL and she is currently undergoing an academic program in Innovation & Strategy at HBS. She is passionate about human rights and gender equality, and she hopes to create positive social refashioning through social enterprises.