Upcoming GENDER.ED Event: The Price of Periods

GENDER.ED is thrilled to announce that our joint event with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The Price of Periods: Prisons, Poverty, Politics, will be running as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science, on Monday 22 November 2021 at 17:00 GMT.

This hour-long online discussion, accessible to the general public, will explore new areas of menstrual health research, demonstrating how scholarship can inform and support bold policy moves to overcome menstrual inequality. As part of this event, you will gain new insights into the topic of menstruation drawn from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, law, economics and politics. Our interdisciplinary approach will encourage attendees to reflect on both global and local aspects of the topic, learning for example how cutting-edge research into menstrual bleeding disorders can help overcome stigmas and taboos, leading to new and inclusive policy-making affecting the lives of women, girls and people who menstruate worldwide.

The event will feature:

  • Monica Lennon MSP, who will discuss the ‘period poverty’ bill she successfully steered through the Scottish Parliament;
  • Professor Hilary Critchley, Professor of Reproductive Medicine / Deputy Director of the Centre for Reproductive Health in CMVM, who will examine under-recognised and under-reported aspects of menstrual bleeding disorders;
  • Dr Laura Rossouw, IASH Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, who will speak about the importance and economics of menstrual hygiene management and related period poverty in South Africa;
  • Miriam Vishniac, doctoral researcher in SSPS / Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, who will discuss experiences of incarcerated women in the UK including difficulties in accessing menstrual health products.

Free tickets can be reserved at https://the-price-of-periods.eventbrite.com.