Global Champions

Our Global Champions network allows us to work closely with and learn from strategic partners whose values align with Period Positive – anywhere in the world. The Period Positive Pledge addresses common threads found in all types of barriers to menstrual literacy, and we are proud that these solutions are championed by powerful thoughtleaders alongside sibling organisations at a global level. Keep coming back to meet more of this team as their profiles are added, and reach out to them if you would like to connect or ask for support in their region. If you are interested in becoming a global champion, please reach out to Chella through the contact page.

Jedidah Malkia Lemaron is the Executive director at The Malkia Initiative Foundation, which works to enhance the enrollment, retention, attendance and transition of girls in school through mentorship and implementation of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and rights (ASRHR) programs in Kajiado, Kenya.

Lisel Lifshitz of Michoacan, Mexico co-founded Vulva Sapiens, a women’s research collective on self-managed gynecology and body literacy, and is a board member at Mujeres Aliadas, a non-profit organization working to promote sexual and reproductive rights and provide holistic sexual and reproductive healthcare for and with women and adolescents, based on the model of Professional Midwifery.

Iris Josephina, founder of Cycle Seeds, is a certified Holistic Cycle Guide, Hormonal Health Coach and Doula with an academic background in medical anthropology & women’s studies. She also qualified in holistic women’s health, traditional midwifery practices, and trauma-informed coaching. Based in Malta, her work focuses on gaining body literacy and revolves around menstrual and life cycles from periods to postpartum.

Jennifer Maxwell is the Founder and Executive Director of Real Education for Dignity (RED-Liberia), a non-profit organization that creates menstrual health awareness and teaches and provides sustainable and environmentally friendly menstrual products to menstruators in Liberia. She is also a SHE-CAN scholar studying business at Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania).

Zoe Chan is the founder of Happeriod, Hong Kong’s one-stop platform for all things menstruation. In addition to selling menstrual products, Zoe provides education about menstruation, body autonomy and gender equality, which helps everyone with debunking social norms and misunderstandings, loosening body restrictions, choosing a more suitable menstrual product, and ultimately building body autonomy.

Nora Pascual is a teacher and researcher who is passionate about menstrual taboo-breaking, literacy and access. She has been a secondary school teacher in England and Hungary for the past ten years and has recently moved back to Spain where she has been working in primary schools. While in Spain, Nora has been completing her MA in Applied research on feminism, gender studies and citizenship at Universidad Jaume I. Her dissertation will be the first one in Spain to cover the topic of period poverty in schools. Nora hopes to develop tools to influence policy working with local residents and colleagues across the world to facilitate better menstruation education and challenge stigma. You can follow her steps at Menstrualmente Hablando on Instagram.

Noelle Elizabeth Spencer is passionate about health equity, with much of her work centering on the health needs of marginalized populations with a focus on sexual & reproductive health and menstruation. Her background includes extensive experience with health equity research (qualitative & quantitative), teaching and facilitation, mentorship, healthcare communication and project and team management. She earned her BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University and MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences with a focus on menstrual equity and period poverty.

Ursula Maschette is a psychologist and menstrual health researcher, with a master’s degree in Education, Health Promotion and International Development from University College London, where she focused her studies on menstrual promotion and education among Brazilian schools. She has been working as a community-based researcher for the past 10 years in areas of public health and health promotion, sexual and reproductive education, menstrual health and female entrepreneurship in countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela. Some of the organizations she has worked for include: National Health System (NHS), UNESCO, Plan International America Latina, Secretary of Education of the State of São Paulo, Pantys and Herself Educational. She is also the founder of Instituto Uma, a Brazilian social enterprise offering consultancy, training and research services on menstrual health and education to facilitate behavior change.

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