Global Period Poverty Forum
10 - 12 October 2022
We are asking leaders to come together with a united passion and purpose to discuss menstrual health management practices and advocacy around the world.
The Global Period Poverty Forum (GPPF) will be three days of participation from 10 - 12 October 2022. It will involve discussions and actions on how we can work collaboratively to address period poverty, hearing from leaders in world menstrual hygiene.
Discussing all topics from the supply of period products, education and using our voices to make change in our own countries but collectively around the world.
This forum will be held in Brisbane, Australia, and will be available to attend both in person and via Zoom.
Get to know our Content Advisory Board
International Coordinator of
Menstrual Hygiene Day
Ina Jurga has more than 15 years of profound international expertise in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with a focus in the recent 10 years on menstrual health & hygiene (MHH). She has worked for WASH United in Berlin since 2012 and co-initiated Menstrual Hygine Day on 28 May.
Dr Dani Barrington
The University of Western Australia
Dr Dani Barrington is a Lecturer in Population and Global Health at The University of Western Australia, where she recently led the first systematic review of menstrual experiences across high income countries by developing a model that demonstrates investment and practice pathways which would improve mentrual health.
Mary Crooks AO
Victorian Women's Trust
Mary has been Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust since 1997 and in 2012 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in part for her work to advance the status of women. She project directed the Trust’s ground-breaking research and publication, About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution We have to Have (2019) and since then has led the Trust’s advocacy efforts to work to extend menstrual leave in workplaces.
Kibera Pad Co.
Lois Harris is the Founder of the LJA Foundation. In 2019, she also established the Kibera Pad Company in the biggest slum in Africa in Nairobi. It produces and distributes free pads to the slum’s schoolgirls. Lois is keenly aware of the problems created by period poverty and passionate about helping to end it.
In 2015 after visiting Kenya and finding out 60% of girls and women had no access to safe period products Tina took her initative to found Freedom4Girls in late 2017. Freedom4Girls is passionate about educating all people on the importance of normalising conversations about menstruation, from challenging stigmas, myths associated with periods, to providing education sessions that offer a safe space for healthy conversations about periods.
National Program Director
Damaris is the National Programs Director at PERIOD. She oversees the Advocacy and Chapter programs at PERIOD. and brings over ten years of experience in nonprofit and public sectors including experience as an educator in urban school districts, youth leadership development, program and project development.
Co-founder and CEO
The Period Place
Danika is the co-founder and CEO of the Period Place which is Aoteroa's biggest period advocacy charity. She advocates for systems-level mahi ('work' in Te Reo M?ori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa), and was one of the team members who successfully petitioned the Government to provide period products and better menstrual education for students.
Share the Dignity
Jennifer is the founder of Energise Leadership, an Australian company specializing in organizational and leadership development, executive coaching, training and facilitation. She is passionate about women and their role as leaders in all aspects of life. She has recently conducted International development programs for Women leaders in Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Founder and Managing Director
Share the Dignity
Rochelle is the founder and managing director of Share the Dignity where she works alongside over 3000 charities, 5500 volunteers (Sheros and Heros) and 16 staff. Rochelle has led her team of volunteers to collect and distribute over 3 million period products across Australian since 2015. Her continued passion to support women and children has led to ensuring everyone is afforded the dignity in life that they deserve.
Share the Dignity
Tegan is the Event Coordinator here at Share the Dignity and brings over 5 years of event coordination experience. She is a strong believer that people are the heart of any business and therefore strives to exceed expectations by providing exceptional experiences and events they will not forget!
In early 2021 we conducted a 'Bloody Big Survey' on menstruation. The results of that survey are now in, and the Period Pride report is based on responses from more than 125,000 Australians.
This report will now enable Share the Dignity to lobby for governmental change, such as more school funding and support for those who menstruate. The hope is to affect lasting change in ensuring that all Australians have access to education around menstruation and period products when they need them.
EOI for speakers
Are you a world leader, innovator or thought-provoker on menstruation, period poverty, or something related who is interested in presenting at the GPPF? We want to hear from you!
EOI to sponsor a delegate
We will be working together with corporates and philanthropic organisations to offer bursaries to cover costs of bringing leaders in Period Poverty to the Forum. If you are an organisation that would like to sponsor a delegate to attend the GPPF, please register your interest
EOI to attend GPPF
If you would like to attend this world-first Global Period Poverty Forum, which will take place in Brisbane and online via Zoom, please register your interest here and we will be in contact soon.