No Ordinary Woman Chat Show

We are passionate about all things periods and the inequalities that associated with such a topic.

We love using various form of mediums to share knowledge and advice on how to navigate your period. So we were honoured when presenter Caz of No Ordinary Women reached out to us to discuss our initiative on her show. 

We had fun filming  the segment! We hope you find our interview informative and entertaining – let us know in the comment section what you think!

You can support our initiative here.

Please sign our petition to eradicate Period Poverty.

Check out piece in TOTM.

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Will Period Poverty feature in the 2017 Budget??

We were recently mentioned in the Independent Newspaper regarding making Period Poverty a priority in the upcoming budget. Click the link

Ending Period Poverty should be a priority in the next budget

Or the full article can be found below….

Published Saturday 18 November 2017 16:14 GMT

Ending ‘period poverty’ among young women should be a priority in next week’s Budget

One in 10 girls in the UK are unable to afford hygiene products and are missing school as a result. In a country as prosperous as Britain this is an outrage.

“Periods are a natural process that are a part of nearly every girl’s life. But without access to toilets or sanitary products at school, girls’ lives are put on hold during their period, as they have little choice but to stay at home.”

Those are the words of ActionAid, a charity raising money for girls around Africa, where one in 10 female pupils miss school while they are on their period.

But the sad truth is that this is a problem we are facing here in the UK too. Plan International UK found that one in 10 girls were unable to afford hygiene products. The result is that here too, girls here are skipping school while on their period, or using unsuitable substitutes such as socks because they cannot afford to buy basic sanitary protection.

This is shocking, but for those of us who have been listening to those affected and campaigning alongside them, it is no longer surprising. If it was once a hidden scandal, it is now being brought into the open – and that means that there is simply no excuse for the Government to ignore their responsibility to tackle it.

Unfortunately though, that is what ministers have so far chosen to do. That is why MPs across parties are now coming together to demand better.

In a country as prosperous as Britain this is an outrage and that is why ahead of the Budget we are calling on the Government to provide for free sanitary products in all schools for those who need them.

That should not be all they do. We now know the problem but we need to know the scale of it. The research to date has been carried out by campaigners and groups like Plan International UK. School girls in Leeds recently told their stories about missing out on education, and teachers of how they keep supplies in the classroom, paying from their own pockets.

Food banks have told us of the increasing donations of, and demand for, tampons and pads which are gratefully received by women struggling to afford them. Campaign group Periodical Diary told us about donating sanitary products to a school, and finding female pupils quietly asking when they would be back with more supplies.

But we have not had any comprehensive research from the UK Government, even though assessing the problem is surely a sensible first step to solving it.

This is not something that requires vast sums of money being spent. Proposals from our parties, for example, have been costed at up to £3m or £10m a year, a tiny fraction of the education budget in either case.

Justine Greening is Secretary of State for both Education and for Women and Equalities. An issue like this cannot simply pass her by. We know she is well aware of it because we have challenged her on it in the House.

In March, she responded to a Liberal Democrat question by admitting it was “an important point” and promising to look into it. But last month, she told Labour MPs that it was an issue for schools, not the Government, and astonishingly suggested it was the fault of parents if their children lost out on education.

We are not prepared to let the Government off the hook that easily, and MPs across parties are united in the fight to end period poverty. The Government could easily take action on this, and it could start at this week’s Budget. But if it does not, MPs can address the issue directly as the Budget goes through the parliamentary process. In a Parliament with no Tory majority, MPs working together have the power to make change even when ministers drag their feet.

Period poverty should outrage everyone, regardless of party. The Chancellor should be wary of testing our commitment to tackling it.

Layla Moran MP is the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson; Paula Sherriff is the Labour MP for Dewsbury and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health

Buzzzzing

Last month we sat down with Buzzfeed Reporter Fiona Rutherford to discuss our growing initiative and myth bust!

A friend once admitted that when she’s on her period, she sticks two tampons in her bra – one in each cup – as she gets dressed in the morning. She’d rather do this, she said, than get caught in the office reaching into her handbag for a tampon and taking that dreaded walk to the bathroom.

The ritual may seem extreme, but she wouldn’t be the first person with a vagina to go to such lengths to conceal sanitary items. After all, taking your entire bag to the loo just screams, “Hello! It’s that time of the month!”

So despite women feeling comfortable talking about periods with your inner circle, the “p-word” isn’t something we talk about freely in public – it’s still seen as embarrassing.

But two women have decided enough is enough – it’s 2017, periods aren’t a secret, and they’re certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

For the past year social worker Elizabeth Folarin and housing officer Karleen Jones have dedicated their spare time to creating Periodical Diary – an online platform providing “period empowerment” to young girls.

You can catch the rest of our interview here.

You can support us here.

You can meet the team in November.

#TalkingPeriods in schools: Are we having the right conversations?

We are so pleased to be part of TOTM’S #talking periods campaign which aims to dismantle the taboos associated with periods. 
Check out our blog contribution don’t forget to like, share and comment below: 

How are we talking about periods to the younger generation? This is an important topic. What young people learn about periods in school, can affect how they manage their periods as they grow up.

We spoke to Elizabeth Folarin, co-founder of Periodical Diary to find out more about periods in education. Periodical Diary run interactive workshops in primary and secondary schools.

Are young people getting enough information?

Elizabeth is an expert in this area and here she tells us all about how schools are managing ‘the period talk’ and where there’s room for improvement…

“I remember my first ‘period talk’ in school. ‘The egg is not fertilised by sperm the lining comes away and your period will begin’ said the super-hot science supply teacher.

I was 13 and couldn’t stop cringing, I literally wanted the ground to swallow me up! The rest of the science lesson became very factual and well, ‘sciencey’. I didn’t know what the teacher was talking about but apparently what he described was going on in my body at that very moment……

You can read the rest of the submission and browse TOTM’s 100% Organic Cotton sanitary products here.
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Building Our Brand

We have been extraordinary busy in the month of September!

Going into the final quarter of the 2017 we wanted to really push Periodical Diary to reach new heights and platforms to highlight an array of matters relating to Periods.

We were therefore ecstatic to learn that Dawn Butler MP of Brent and Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, is pledging that the next Labour Government will provide free sanitary products in schools and food banks. Dawn is working with Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour MSP for Central Scotland. Monica is currently running a consultation on period poverty for a Scottish Bill that will make sanitary wear free for all. We have taken part in the consultation and urge all interested parties to do so as the consultation ends on 8th December 2017.

Period Poverty is an inequality that we believe should be eradicated.

It is fantastic that the issue of period poverty has become a key issue on the political stage, the need for such items is why we are campaigning to use the current ‘tampon tax’ to subside sanitary wear for young people – please lend us your support and sign our petition.

We are also tackling period poverty via the donation arm of our initiative, which allows us to engage with young people and families who require such items. We have built a great relationship with a London based Children’s charity, where we were able to tap into a network of schools who expressed a need for sanitary items. Using the donations we received in our summer drive, we have delivered over 1200 sanitary items or Periodical Diary Packs (PDP) (as we like to call them!) to a slew of schools in London. We are continuing to build this network and will be delivering to more schools shortly. Additionally, we have expanded our reach to a social care team that work with no recourse to public funds families such as Asylum seekers and refugees.

For those who still wish to donate we will be holding another drive later in the year till then you can support us here.

Aside from campaigning and donations we also love supporting women and organisations who are in our line of work. As CLUE (great period tracking app) Ambassadors we were excited to be invited to their first ever event held at Facebook, London. Not only was it a great networking opportunity we were able to further strengthen our knowledge on menstruation which will go into enhancing our workshops that we deliver in schools.

Moreover, we have been involved in TOTM’s (cool period subscription service) #talkingperiods campaign which aims to encourage conversation on all aspects of the menstrual cycle.

To round off this amazing month we spent an afternoon at Buzzfeed’s UK office discussing our initiative. This meeting also led us to reflect on how far we have come… thanks to support of the all our readers, followers and members of the public!!

We are fully committed to building our platform of providing period related information, support and Periodical Diary Packs.

We are looking to collaborate with brands and initiatives that fit our ethos so please feel free to get in Contact!

Many Thanks

Elizabeth and Kaye x

Periodical Diary Team

 

 

 

Media Coverage: The Croydon Advertiser covers Periodical Diary

The months of July and August (yes we are only 5 days in!) have seen Periodical Diary further expand its reach via our successful donation drive and workshops. It has also seen us acquire further platforms to spread our message of period empowerment whilst supporting those in need.

It was therefore a pleasure to be featured in the Croydon Advertiser. Please take the time to read the article which explores our motivations and continued hopes for our initiative.

Remember you can support us here.

“They are literally using rags, women are being forced to choose between whether they will eat or if they will buy sanitary products.”

Social worker Elizabeth Folarin said she encounters women having to make this choice every day.

Shocked and appalled at the availability of sanitary products for women who come from low-income backgrounds, or who are homeless, the 32-year-old has partnered with her friend Karleen Jones, 37, to remove the stigma around periods and raise awareness of the problem.

Together, Elizabeth and Karleen have set up an online platform, Periodical Diary, that offers safe advice to women and are working with schools to educate young women and boys about menstruation.

Karleen, who lives in Pampisford Road, Purley, said: “No one is talking about periods, but everyone wants to know.”

The two women, who both work in social services, are self-funding this project and doing it in their spare time as they’re both so passionate about helping other women.

croydon paper

Mother-of-two Karleen said: “When you’re passionate about something, you don’t think about it being a drain on you financially or mentally.

“We want to be the number one resource for female empowerment.”

Elizabeth, from Bexley, added: “We are trying to be a support system for those who want information about periods and all the problems and complications that come with them.

“We’ve found that young girls are not getting the right sort of information that they need. We want to be able to provide this information in schools and online for women everywhere.”

Elizabeth said that while schools offer information about periods and changes in the body, this education does not go far enough in addressing the emotional and physical factors that come alongside it.

She said: “There’s a complete gap, there’s no mention of emotions or problems that can come with it.”

Both Karleen and Elizabeth said that often women and girls aren’t willing to speak openly about periods, and the potential health problems they can bring, and they are hoping to combat this.

This, they believe, stems from menstruation not being openly discussed in schools or at the family home enough.

Elizabeth said: “I am a social worker and I’ve worked with so many vulnerable women and there’s a massive shame about periods, some women don’t even have the money to buy sanitary products.

“They are literally using rags and cloths.”

Opening the dialogue, the two women are working with schools in Croydon, and across London, to educate boys and girls.

This includes workshops, talks and games and the response has been “amazing”, Karleen said.

As well as educating youngsters, they are also working to get donations of sanitary products, hand sanitiser and other feminine products to those in need.

Karleen said: “When you have to choose between buying sanitary products or food, you are going to choose to eat. For people living penny to penny it’s a real problem.”

Aiming to be the top service for advice, education and donations the two women have said they want to expand beyond London and into the rest of the UK.

Elizabeth said: “We want to work with the grass roots in schools, but also campaign politically about issues important to women, like the tampon tax.”

Photo Credit: David Cook 

Reporter: Olivia Tobin
Read more at http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/8203-meet-the-two-women-changing-attitudes-about-periods-in-london/story-30465340-detail/story.html#xKW1gXzm7xs3pmmC.99