IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Listening and learning about the fight for period or menstrual equity

14 July 2021, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Period products on a table. Image: Karolina Grabowska via Pexels

This talk will discuss menstrual/period inequality, how these are being addressed by Bloody Good Period and how academia could work with the organisation to support them in the work they do.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Rommy Schaaf

This event will particularly shed light on menstrual inequality and will give the audience the chance to hear directly from those who have suffered it.

Systemic and structural violence against women: learning from non-academic voices

The conversational series is funded by UCL Culture's Listen and Learn Grant.

Our project aims to engage in conversations with leaders of different London-based organizations that support women subjected to structural violence, who have been historically marginalised, and who have been prevented from participating in social, economic, and political life. We refer, specifically, to women in precarious work positions, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women and girls, and Muslim women who lack the resources to be heard within academic contexts.

This series is co-organised by Aneeza Pervez, PhD student at the Department of Psychology and Human Development, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and Rommy Anabalon Schaaf, PhD student at the Department of Culture, Media and Communication, IOE. 


Image: Karolina Grabowska via Pexels

About the Speaker

Gabby Edlin

Founder and CEO at Bloody Good Period

Bloody Good Period is organisation that fights for menstrual equity and the rights of all people who bleed. Bloody Good Period provides menstrual products to asylum seekers, refugees, and those who can't afford them as well as providing menstrual, sexual and reproductive health education within those communities. Bloody Good Period has over 700 volunteers who provide more than 10,000 menstrual and hygiene products a month to people experiencing 'period poverty across the UK.

Gabby is an activist campaigning for menstrual equity. She started Bloody Good Period in 2016 when she was volunteering at the New London Synagogue asylum-seekers drop-in centre, and discovered that period supplies were only provided for 'in emergencies'. A whip around for donations of pads or tampons on Facebook turned into a full-blown operation to collect and distribute toiletries and period supplies for asylum seekers all around the UK.

Gabby has a Masters in Applied Imagination from Central St Martins specialising in feminism and comedy. Before Bloody Good Period, she worked in Arts Education for children and young people and trained as an artist.

She was named as one of the Evening Standards' Progress 1000 Top Changemakers and Stylist's Woman of the Week.