Nadya Okamoto

PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement
Portland, Oregon

Fighting to end period poverty and stigma by making menstrual hygiene products accessible to everyone.

The problem

The inaccessibility of menstrual products creates significant obstacles for girls and women around the world. When people can’t afford these products, they resort to unclean hygiene methods or are forced to miss out on educational and economic opportunities. In fact, periods are the number one reason why girls miss school in developing countries. In order to fight period poverty, there needs to be equitable access to period products and a new approach to the way people think and talk about periods.

Our Approach

PERIOD. is fighting to end period poverty and period stigma through service, education and advocacy. They distribute period products to people in need and fight for period policies that ensure equitable access to menstrual health. PERIOD. mobilizes young people through a worldwide network of campus chapters, helping to change the way the world views periods.

My Personal Hero

My mom, Sophia, my two younger sisters, Ameya and Issa, and my chosen family, Mark, David, and our dog, Hank