About Code Red
Code Red is an organization that serves to provide personal care and menstrual products to homeless and refugee women and girls, while promoting awareness surrounding menstrual hygiene as well as global dangers that affect women at large. The menstrual products in the packages we distribute not only raise consciousness about homelessness, but also include information about human trafficking dangers and sexual transmitted diseases.
A lack of menstrual products and healthy ways to manage 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 those in need, 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 chapter ambassadors 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
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. 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 2,500 packages a year.
Director of Publicity
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 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.
dIRECTOR OF MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS
Marley is applying her skill-set to uplift women through CodeRed.
Marley Lopez spent high school engaged in the cross-section of women’s issues and entrepreneurship. Now studying Strategic Design & Management at the New School in New York, NY, Marley is applying her skill-set to uplift women through CodeRed.
Director of bRAND Marketing
Heather Blair is a freshman at the New School, where she balances her interests in film and human rights.
Heather Blair spent her early life traveling with her family, giving her the opportunity to see the world at an impressionable age. After graduating from the Green School in Indonesia, she took a gap year to work at production companies and design firms in California. Now calling New York home, Heather is ecstatic to be part of the Code Red team.
Director of Partnerships
Beth is a creative and social being who enjoys music, art, and philosophy.
Beth currently resides in Atlanta and is incredibly passionate about advocating for women rights.
Director of Development and Co-director of campus relations
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.
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.
Co-Director of Blog AND PRESS Communications
"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."
Colleen Claire is a 17 year old writer from the Bay Area. 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.
Co-Director of BlOG AND PRESS Communications
"Her love for writing, activism, and advocacy surfaces in every aspect of her life, and she hopes to continue this trend with Code Red"
Saumya Bajaj is a vocal feminist and has been an advocate for menstrual health since the 5th grade. She won the Young Author's Contest for her school and is currently writing a novel. Not only is she the president of her school's Girl Up club but she is also a part of her school's chapter of the National Beta Society.