ABOUT US

the real period project

About us

We want a world where periods are taught as part of the whole menstrual cycle and it is safe to talk about and experience menstruation whatever your age, gender or location.

The pervading culture of menstrual shame keeps periods hidden. It is a toxic combination of shame, secrecy and the imperative to conceal all traces of menstrual life.

Most girls dread their periods starting and few people are ever taught about how the menstrual cycle really works, or how they can track their own.

Our mission is to promote wellbeing through accessible and sustainable menstrual cycle education. We teach about periods in context of the whole cycle, acknowledging all the ups and downs of this hormonal ride.

And we want everyone to be included in the conversation, so that it becomes as normal and acceptable for someone to talk about how their menstrual cycle affects them (or their friend/partner/sibling/child) as it is to talk about how anything else in their life makes them feel.

Our values Are:

Generosity
We are a not for profit community interest company committed to bringing about cultural change.

Integrity
We believe in sustainable working practices including menstrual cycle awareness and seasonal working.

Accessibility
We want everyone to have access to whole menstrual cycle education, regardless of age, gender, race or income.

OUR VALUES ARE:

Sustainability
We promote practices that embed long lasting systemic change.

Respect
We respect different menstrual practices and promote trust in the body and personal autonomy.

We believe in a world where anyone can talk about menstruation, anytime, anywhere.

Do you want this too? Join us.

If you menstruate, and want to have a better relationship with your cycle.

If you work with young people, whether that’s in schools, universities, local youth groups, or for local authorities who support schools and other agencies.

If you have kids, whether they will menstruate or not.

The team

Emily is passionate about making the period conversation empowering and accessible. As a community registered nurse with experience in business, social enterprise and charity administration and preparation for periods workshops she set up the project from its beginnings. Her dream is to see a world where the menstrual cycle is seen as an ally and teacher, and talking about it is a normal part of life.
Emily Stewart
Melonie brings 15 years teaching experience, including 14 years as a School and National Lead Teacher in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Melonie’s passion and expertise lies in creating safe spaces for children and adults to explore sensitive issues, speak from the heart and challenge ideas of what is right and wrong, enabling all ages to feel into who they want to be as they grow and what they want in their lives, making changes where necessary and asking for help when needed.
Melonie Syrett
With a background delivering Environmental Education projects in schools and community settings in England, Nicola then joined Eco Schools Scotland, travelling all over the country assessing schools for this award. She has spent the last 11 years home educating her children and is now passionate about bringing conversation around menstruation into everyday life.
Nicola Cardinal
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With thanks to all those who have influenced our work and paved the way:

Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer of Red School, Lara Owen (Her blood is gold) and Miranda Gray (The optimised woman) for seminal Menstrual Cycle Awareness teachings.

Jane Bennett, creator of Celebration Day for Girls, for her wisdom and experience in menarche preparation and holistic fertility and health.

Francesca Naish, creator of Natural Fertility Management, for teachings on an empowered and self-reliant relationship with the menstrual cycle and fertility.

Chris Bobel (The Managed Body), Chella Quint (#periodpositive) and Cass Clemmer (Toni the Tampon & Period coloring book) for their influential work on making menstrual education inclusive.

Society for Menstrual Cycle Research for supporting and encouraging research in this field.

Robyn Steward (author of The Autism Friendly Guide to Periods) for talking about autism and how it affects learning and dealing with periods.

Lisa Fannen for her feminist health book Threads and her vital social justice work.

School for Social Entrepreneurs for fabulous social enterprise training and well needed funding.

Kelly Diels for inspiring lessons in feminist marketing, business practices and social justice led culture change.

Many thanks to our supporters...
School for Social Entrepreneurs, Plan International, Poverty Is Pants, Radical Herbal Collective Herbal Aid, Good Being A Girl, Sophie Jane Mortimer, Kelly Diels
Partners
We are happy to be working with:
Hey Girls CIC, Red School, Menstrual Research Network, Ruth Walton, Studio V Ink