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Encouraging open and honest talk about periods

Meet the Facilitator: Sarah Rose

You've probably all heard about our betty buses, right? Our pink and yellow beauties are travelling around the country encouraging young boys and girls everywhere to be more open and honest about that time of the month. We thought you'd want to meet some of our fabulous betty ambassadors who are leading the way in encouraging those conversations.

This week we'd like to introduce you to the lovely Sarah Rose.

And she's one talented lady! Sarah Rose is not only a facilitator for betty, but also a performer and director. Originally from Miami, she moved to the UK as a Fulbright Scholar and was named one of 15 Women to Watch in Today's Chicago Woman Magazine for her work making innovative theatre. She enjoys baking, riding horses and is very arty as well as being a great support to the social movement of growing a new generation of young people who are confident talking about periods and their bodies.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I’ve travelled completely around the world to South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina as a Circumnavigator Scholar.

What is your favourite thing about the betty bus?

I love that the betty bus is mobile! Bringing our very own safe and playful space to girls around the country has been a wonderful equalizer as we arrive in many different communities. The locations change and the girls that participate are different but the betty bus always welcomes everyone the same way.

Why do you think the betty bus is so important?

No girl should feel ashamed for her body doing something completely natural. And since all girls have periods, it shouldn't feel like a secret or something that we can't ask questions about. Using the bus experience to get rid of the stigma surrounding periods has felt empowering and it’s great to get everyone talking about them openly and sharing information.

What has been your favourite moment of the tour so far?

We've met so many incredible young people, however one day at the end of a session a girl raised her hand and said, "I'd just like to tell everyone, I have my period!" Her declaration was so full of pride and very matter of fact. It was wonderful to see her confidence; an amazing example of the new generation we want to create that isn't embarrassed but rather understands their body and how to help themselves and each other. She was a total superstar!

Tell us a period cringe (we’ve all got one, hey)

Ohhhhh dear... I once went camping when I got my period a day earlier than I was expecting. I didn’t have any pads or tampons with me so I took toilet paper and rolled it around my underwear as a makeshift sanitary towel until I could get to a shop to buy some. It did its job decently, but I still managed to ruin that pair of panties.

Tell us your period craving?

Chocolate covered pretzels! I call this “Period Crunch.” The combination of salty, sweet and crunchy is perfectly satisfying.

Your favourite thing to do when you have your period is…

Yoga. I’m an active person anyway, but yoga helps me connect with my body and mind. If I’m having cramps or feeling a bit sensitive, yoga keeps me balanced and lets me take time to check in with myself.