22 for ’22: Celebrating Swindon & Wiltshire’s Most Inspiring Women

By Anita Jaynes on 8 March, 2022

We’re celebrating Swindon and Wiltshire’s most inspiring women to mark International Women’s Day 2022 which this year takes place on Tuesday 8th March.

Through our social media channels, we asked our readers which women in our community inspire them and created a list of 22 for ’22. The list is printed in our Feb/March magazine and from Tuesday 1st March, each weekday throughout the month we are profiling and championing each of these fantastic women online and via our social feeds.

Today we put the spotlight on Kathryn Crosweller.

Kathryn is the co-Founder of the Chippenham-based charity Women and Girls which exists to provide women and girls in India with sanitary protection that is culturally and geographically sensitive, kind to the environment and the key to helping women and girls be healthier, happier and free to fulfil their potential. Kathryn is responsible for the charity’s marketing and communications in addition to report writing, public speaking and fundraising. She has also been a regular newspaper reviewer on BBC Wiltshire through her former role as Chippenham BID Manager.

Women and Girls report some worrying stats.

  • 23 per cent of Indian girls drop out of school when their periods start
  • 71 per cent of girls in India report having no knowledge of menstruation before their first period
  • 70 per cent of women in India say their family cannot afford to buy sanitary pads
  • Almost 88 per cent of women and girls in India use homemade alternatives, such as an old cloth, rags, hay, sand, or ash

All it costs is £5 to give a woman or girl in India comfort, dignity and freedom for an entire year of her life.

To find out more about Women and Girls and to donate visit: www.womenandgirls.org.uk

For more information about International Women’s Day visit: www.internationalwomensday.com This year’s theme is Break the Bias. Follow the conversation on social using the hashtag #BreakTheBias