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WEI (VIVI) LI_

Legacy Award Recipient

VIVI’S STORY_

Global Little Red Hood Association

Vivi has had endometriosis and dysmenorrhea, a term used to describe severe menstrual cramps, since she was young and was then diagnosed with an ovarian tumour aged 17. Not to be beaten, she faced her challenges head-on and became determined to promote menstrual equity and eliminate period poverty in Taiwan, where menstruation is still seen as something shameful and embarrassing.

Vivi founded NGO, ‘Little Red Hood’, to tackle period stigma and help others understand menstrual issues. In 2021 alone, Vivi has raised £51,000 to fund period education materials, training programmes for social workers who work with teenage girls experiencing period poverty, provide sanitary products for at least 500 girls each month, menstrual education training programmes for teachers and school nurses, and social movements to eliminate period stigma. Vivi has even established period boxes across universities in Taiwan, where students can now freely access sanitary products.

Sharing her message of period positivity far and wide, Vivi has delivered 70 speeches and written 270 articles on the issue, reaching more than 20,000 people in person and 500,000 people online.

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