About Code Red
Code Red is an organization that serves to provide personal care and feminine products to homeless women, while promoting awareness surrounding menstrual hygiene as well as global dangers that affect women at large. The packages not only raise consciousness about homelessness, but also include information about human trafficking dangers.
A lack of feminine products and healthy ways to manage woman's periods is a large and neglected issue in the world. Sanitary products play a crucial role around important issues such as hygiene, health, education, protection and security of young women and girls. In order to aid in this issue we try to make sure these women have access to the products. Code Red is more than just giving hygiene products to every homeless woman in the community, it serves a basic human right to sanitation and comfort ability.
This is why we seek to advocate, empower, and impact. We advocate through our advocacy program which allows for students at different universities and campuses to advocate for free menstrual products at their university through our online toolkit. We also strive to empower women and girls through our volunteers who collect menstrual product donations and distribute them to homeless and refugee centers in their area. Further more we seek to impact people through education on menstrual hygiene and its importance all the while breaking the menstrual taboo surrounding menstruation and bringing awareness to endometriosis and other menstrual complications.
THE CODE RED Board of Directors
Director of Development and Co-Director of Campus Relations
This is Wawa Gatheru, our new Director of Development and Co-Director of Campus Relations! An Applied and Resource Economics major and rising-sophomore at the University of Connecticut, Wawa is interested in intersecting her academic and extracurricular career in pursuit of a lifetime of advocacy work. Specifically, Wawa is interested in the intersection of women’s rights, environmental justice, and food sovereignty, currently researching the gendered differences that occur in food aid obtainment. When she is not elbows deep inside the newest food policy article or studying, Wawa can be found transfixed by SZA’s newest album or scouring her college campus for the cheapest ice cream stand.
Director of Publicity and Co-director of Partnerships
Shaye DiPasquale is a creative content creator, student journalist and self-described activist and advocate for human rights. Currently, she is completing a degree in Communications with a concentration in Mass Communication from Elizabethtown College, where she is also pursuing minors in Human Services and Women and Gender Studies. Shaye founded a UNA-USA chapter at her college to continue her work with the initiative Girl Up, which raises funds and awareness for girls worldwide living in the places where it is hardest to be a girl. As an aspiring writer, Shaye covers topics ranging from menstrual equity and reproductive rights to international human rights violations for publications such as Her Culture and HelloFlo. Shaye serves an American Association of University Women campus ambassador and works with the SPARK Action Squad and About-Face to fight back against the misrepresentation of women and girls by the media.
Founder and Executive Director
Ileri Jaiyeoba first started Code Red when she was 15. As a teen with Endometriosis going through her period was a hassle. She could not imagine going through her period without access to menstrual products like many women who are homeless or low-income do. As she started volunteering at homeless shelters she saw a need that was seemingly overlooked, menstrual products. Ileri started creating packages with the help of her friends in a coffee shop after school. Since then the Code Red team has grown and Ileri had been mentored by Pamela Bell the founder of Prinkshop. With the help of organizations like the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative , Three Dot Dash Initiative and GenHERation, Code Red has gone nationwide distributing over 2,000 packages a year.
Ileri can be found on Instagram & Twitter.
Co-Director of Blog Communications
Saumya Bajaj was born in Meerut, India, and moved to the United States when she was three. She has been a vocal feminist and advocate for menstrual health since the 5th grade. She won the Young Author's Contest for her school and is currently writing a novel. Saumya is the president of her school's Girl Up Club and is a part of her school's chapter of the National Beta Society. Her love for writing, activism, and advocacy surfaces in every aspect of her life, and she hopes to continue this trend with Code Red.
Co-Director of Blog Communications
Colleen Claire is a 17 year old writer from the Bay Area. When she's not penning her thoughts down on paper, you can find her reading, shopping, and day dreaming on where her next journey will be. Currently, Colleen is a writer for HerCulture and in the process of writing a book. She hopes to pursue a career in International Relations during college while traveling the world someday.