It wasn’t until Kaleigh co-founded The Unmentionables – an organisation that provides undergarments, menstrual products, and sexual health products to displaced people around the world – that she realised how unusual this education was. The taboos surrounding these issues are immense.
People with periods (mainly women and girls) are only just now feeling comfortable being open about their periods and fertility issues. Open conversations about intimate partner violence are only recently coming to the forefront thanks to brave individuals who are telling their stories. People who do not have periods (mainly men and boys) are only now gaining access to conversations on intimate health topics at all.
Kaleigh now applies her unique education – which includes two Masters Degrees in International Conflict Management and a visiting doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford – to providing relief for global refugees who have extremely limited access to hygiene products.
Yet it’s the early education from her mother that has often been so indispensable.
We asked Kaleigh to share her top ten tips for intimate hygiene – and how this applies this to her work in refugee camps.