SCI PhD candidate wins Make A Difference Award

Chantal V. Bright has been awarded the Make A Difference Award by Social Responsibility at Manchester for promoting educational equality for menstruators by addressing period poverty in Liberia.

After two years of online celebrations, The Making a Difference Awards returned in-person, with a hybrid livestream from our Whitworth Hall.

The Awards highlighted the extensive range of social responsibility initiatives of our staff, students, alumni and external partners, and covered categories such as benefit to research; widening participation; environmental sustainability and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Nearly 160 entries were submitted this year, with judges recognising 16 winners and 23 highly commended. Winners included a project an engagement initiative translating biodiversity into new music in Colombia and a model for teaching LGBT+ History to secondary school students.

SCI PhD candidate Chantal V. Bright was awarded the "Make A Difference" award in the category "Outstanding contribution to social innovation and environmental impact" for her project developing a convenient alternative to impractical disposable pads. This project worked with a local seamstress in Liberia, and simultaneously created employment and addresses challenges around period poverty and its impact on education and ensuing life outcomes.

Chantal is a first-generation Liberian American. Due to the civil wars in Liberia, her family sought refuge in the United States where she grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is in the first year of her PhD researching "Women, Water Security, and Peace in Liberia: An African Ecofeminist Perspective" and is supervised by Dr Alison Browne (Primary), Dr Jonathan Huck and Dr Laura Mcleod.

You can watch a video with further details about the project on YouTube.

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