Amika George

This 19-year-old founded  #FreePeriods, a movement to end period poverty. Amika started the campaign from her bedroom when she was still at school, calling on the government to give free menstrual products to children from low-income families. The campaign has successfully persuaded the government to pledge £1.5m of the Tampon Tax fund to address period poverty. 

Working with renowned human rights lawyers, and joining forces with The Red Box Project, she has just launched a new legal campaign to ensure the government provides funding for every school and college to offer free pads and tampons to all students. 

Last year, Amika won the Goalkeepers Global Goals award from Bill & Melinda Gates, in conjunction with the United Nations, and was recently listed by TIME magazine as one of the 25 most influential teenagers in the world. Amika is currently reading History at Cambridge University and works to raise awareness of period poverty and end the stigma surrounding menstruation.