Recognising the trauma and anxiety caused by not having access to essential menstrual products; our vision is of a society in which asylum seekers, refugees and otherwise displaced people and their dependents have unrestricted access to high quality, free period supplies of their choice.
We recognise that in order to end “period poverty”, we must also ensure that everyone has access to menstrual and reproductive education, and that many people living in poverty, including those seeking asylum must have access to the high quality education and care that they deserve.
We believe that this responsibility should not fall on charities such as ourselves, but as part of a government strategy that cares for women and people who menstruate, especially those living in poverty.
WE FIGHT FOR PERIOD EQUITY. BECAUSE EVERYONE DESERVES A BLOODY GOOD PERIOD.
We fight for menstrual equity and the rights of all women and people who bleed, so that no one is held back by their period or society's warped perception of the menstruating body.
We believe that we can achieve this mission through these 3 action strands:
...and, because our liberation is connected to each others, our work must be: actively anti- racist, decolonialist and abundant with selfcare.
If it's not, we're not doing it right.
In order to carry out those 3 action strands,
we will have 8 ways of working (WOWs)
1. A comprehensive education programme for those who are least likely to access it, exploring both the bodily and cultural aspects of menstruation.
2. Providing anyone who needs them with high quality period products, with a focus on the most marginalised.
3. Bold, demanding and culture changing communications which provide everyone with a better way to talk about periods.
4. Working closely with the people we receive our services in an ethical, considered and respectful way, with the understanding that talking about periods is the vector to so many other crucial conversations.
5. A supportive, feminist, anti- racist and trans inclusive mindset and way of working that means everyone is able to bring their whole self to work.
6. Ethical fundraising to ensure we are not "digging for oil with one hand and planting a tree with the other."
7. Changing the way people think about periods at work - a place where many of us spend most of our time and energy, and yet is a place rife with inequalities.
8. Campaigns to win free period products for all, which bring the people we work with to the forefront, as experts by experience.
So, how will we know it's working?
Everything in our organisation is about conversation and to be honest it always has been.
It has been about trying things out and taking risks and letting things cook. We're all about Conversation not KPIs! Therefore we work in the following way.
We cannot predict the future, so why are we trying? We have got to where we are today by doing a lot of talking, a lot of thinking, a whole lot of reflecting and by treating each other and everyone outside of the organisation as humans with their own joys and problems.
We consider (and write down) what we think each WOW (Way of Working) looks like by the end of the year. Throughout the year, those responsible for that WOW will have line manager meetings to discuss whether that approach is working, or whether it should be changed. The team also put time in each month to meet with another member of the team (not on the same WOW) to catch up with how they're getting on.
Each November we will take a look altogether at where we got up to, and each December we will discuss and write down our goals for that year. Goals is not the right word, because they are only there to guide us but we don't have the right words yet. That's OK, we will.
We have a clear vision and extremely strong values, so we will ensure that every decision made either gets up on our way to achieving that vision, and aligns with our values.
And and FYI these are our values.
They're non negotiable.
We believe that:
The UK has a legal and moral obligation to provide safe, welcoming, humane asylum to people fleeing violence and persecution
Facilitating the personal choices and comfort of the people we work with is paramount
We have the most impact when we work collaboratively and creatively as part of a network of organisations and individuals with shared goals and values
Disruption and challenge to the status quo is essential to achieving our vision
We are at our best when we are inter-sectional; inclusive and diverse
It is critical that we aim to be sustainable in what we do