Rosy: Founder of the Every Month campaign
1. When did you start the campaign?
I started the campaign in May 2016, when I was in my final months of uni.
2. What inspired you to start Every Month?
I’m not sure what inspired me exactly, but I think I just felt a NEEDED to do something. I had found out that there was no guaranteed way to access sanitary products if you couldn’t afford them and I guess I just thought I could give fixing that a go.
3. Where do you hope the campaign will be in a year’s time?
I mean the absolute dream is for the campaign not to exist. I feel that we should be working towards the government providing access to sanitary products as they’re a NECESSITY and not everyone can afford them. So, hopefully in a years time we won’t exist! However, if we’re still going then I hope we’re expanding into other cities… ooo who knows!?
4. Who are you inspired by?
Is it really cringe if I say my mum? My mum is 100% my biggest inspiration because she gets shit done but also doesn’t get caught up in the little things. So, I will stress about the tiniest thing and my mum will just be like, “ahh fuck it, you’ll be ok.” I’m inspired by so many cool and amazing women but I have really really amazing friends, who are clever and funny and so kind. Obviously I would ride and die all day long for Sarah Silverman and Malala Yousafzai, in no particular order. They are equal queens in my eyes.
5. What books/documentaries/films etc do you recommend to everyone?
If you only read two books in your life then they must be Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Honestly, those books changed my life. I only really watch true crime documentaries, so I don’t know how great my recommendations are on that front – although if you have a need to really cry then watch Dear Zachary and DM me about it. I hear good things about the new film The Trip, and my all time fave film is Die Hard and I’m not even ashamed of it.
6. What change would you like to see in the way menstruation is currently discussed?
I just want an open discussion and an honest dialogue. I want companies to stop using words like ‘whisper’ and ‘discrete’ and I want people to acknowledge that there are a million different experiences of menstruation.
7. What would you tell your younger self about periods?
I would tell myself that it doesn’t look like lip tint and that I wont ever leak onto my chair in class.
8. What helps you most when you’re on your period?
I cramp really badly and it aches all the way down into my ankles. I also have to poo constantly, to the point that it gets in the way of living my normal life.
9. Anything you’d like to add?
I am so grateful to have the team on board. We’re going to achieve amazing things together and everyone should WATCH THIS SPACE <3