To mark International Women’s Day Liberty London has teamed up with Bloody Good Period, a charity project on a mission to create a sustainable flow of period products for asylum seekers, refugees and those who cannot afford them.
On 7th March, Liberty London will host a Bloody Good Debate with Bloody Good Period founder, Gabby Edlin, period poverty activist, Amika George, and curator and cultural researcher, Nicole Crentsil. If you’re interested in learning what you can do to help eliminate period poverty and the stigma surrounding menstruation, this event is not to be missed.
With period poverty an enduring issue in the UK, Gabby Edlin founded Bloody Good Period to address the fact that very few food banks and asylum seeker drop-in centres were providing feminine hygiene products on a regular basis. What started as a whip-round on Facebook is now a growing enterprise with a mission to end period poverty.
This desperate need was likewise recognised by Amika, the founder of #FreePeriods, the campaign to end period poverty. She started #FreePeriods aged 17 whilst still at school and called on the government to give free menstrual products to low-income families. Amika successfully persuaded the government to pledge £1.5m of the Tampon Tax fund to address period poverty. Last year, Amika won the Goalkeepers Global Goals award from Bill & Melinda Gates, in conjunction with the United Nations, and was listed as one of TIME magazine’s 25 most influential teenagers in the world.
To curate the talk will be Nicole Crentsil: a London-based Ghanaian-born arts producer, public speaker and festival director. In 2016, Nicole founded Unmasked Women, an exhibition channelling the Black British female experience focusing on mental health. In 2017, she co-founded Black Girl Festival, the UK's first festival celebrating Black British women. In 2018, Forbes listed Nicole as one of 100 women to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. In the same year, TimeOut named Nicole as 1 of 50 Londoner’s shaping the city’s cultural landscape.
In addition to the debate, from 1 – 15 March, you can also visit Liberty’s beauty hall to donate period products or make a cash donation at point of purchase in beauty or womenswear.
Tickets for the Bloody Good Debate cost £10 - the proceeds of which will go to period poverty charity project, Bloody Good Period. Tickets can be booked here.
Liberty London, 208 – 222 Regent Street, W1B 5AH