Love Your Period
1792. Molly Fenton
Molly Fenton, aged 19, from Cardiff, is a student who founded the ‘Love Your Period Campaign’ to end period poverty and stigma for school pupils across Wales.
Molly launched the campaign two years ago at the age of 17, when trying to ensure her peers at school could access free period products, and realised that she wanted to do more to reduce stigma around talking about periods and to improve menstruation education. Since then, Molly has led a series of projects including running homeless collections, donating reusable products for NHS staff during the pandemic, offering dedicated support for LGBTQIA+ people and setting up an advice line for parents as well as children. She is currently working with the Welsh Government on a period dignity strategic action plan, aiming to make menstrual products and services more accessible and erase period poverty by 2026.
In a personal letter to Molly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I was inspired to learn of all that you achieved from ensuring access to healthy, hygienic care items to providing education around menstruation and tackling stigma. Your advice line for young people and their parents is also a brilliantly practical way of offering help to others.”
“I am honoured to be receiving such an award, and I am honoured to see the amazing changes being made to eradicate period poverty and stigma for all across the country. My work isn’t done, and I won’t stop until every single person that menstruates has the dignity they deserve.”