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An Inclusive and Sustainable UCC. Period.

7 Dec 2021
VOICE - plastic-free periods

A series of events and programmes to promote menstrual health and the environment called “An Inclusive and Sustainable UCC. Period.” is a collaboration between UCC Green Campus, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Students Union and Staff Wellbeing and Development.

As part of this campaign, two “Plastic Free Periods for All” workshops with VOICE Ireland were run with Abigail O'Callaghan-Platt from charity VOICE delivering a workshop looking at disposable and reusable menstrual items. and a talk on the menopause, while Dr Brenda Moran delivered a talk on the menopause on December 9th.

Menstruation and menopause are healthy parts of life experienced by over 50% of the population of Ireland. However, years of shame and taboo surrounding these normal bodily functions has led to a lot of confusion when it comes to the range of menstruation products and menopause treatments available.

Our dependence on disposable products has led to stark environmental damage; disposable menstrual items are the 5th most commonly littered product found on our beaches. 

Green Campus are delighted to welcome Abigail O'Callaghan-Platt from charity VOICE to deliver a workshop looking at disposable and reusable menstrual items. In this 40-minute workshop we'll talk about our options and look at menstrual cups, period pants and cloth pads; how much they cost, where to buy them and how to use them!


Dr Brenda Moran qualified from University College Cork in 2006 with an Honours degree in Medicine. She worked in Hospital Medicine in both Ireland and Australia for 4 years before embarking on a career in General Practice and qualified as a GP in 2013. During her GP training, she developed a passion for Sexual & Reproductive Health and went on to complete the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (UK) and spent a period of time working in the Haven Camberwell, King’s College Hospital, London, in the area of Sexual Assault, Forensic Medicine and Sexual Health.  She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners, British Menopause Society, and a diplomate member of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit

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