Author and Speaker

Janie Hampton is the author of fifteen books including social history, biography, fiction and text books. She is an experienced speaker on television and radio, writes articles for newspapers and magazines and gives entertaining talks in theatres, colleges and at literary festivals.

Janie looks for opportunities to meet people, create connections and motivate others, and is committed to the empowerment of vulnerable people and communities. In 1991, she developed the British government policy on international reproductive health and her research led to practical strategies which remain government policy. She was shortlisted in 2012 for her work for the people of Malawi in theĀ Tesco Mum of the Year Award. In 2014 she was asked to be Patron of the Malawi Association UK and in 2015 promoted a fundraising campaign for the thousands of people in Malawi made homeless by flooding. In 2016 she founded the World Menstrual Network and since then she has concentrated on improving menstrual health policies and practice. Her career has taken her from living in rural villages in Africa, to meeting the Queen in Buckingham Palace.

Janie is a member of The History Girls, a group of award-winning women writers of historical fiction and non-fiction. Every day of the month a different History Girl blogs on any historical topic from the Stone Age onwards. Janie blogs on the 27th of every month. Here is one for World Menstrual Day.

Happy schoolgirls in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Schoolgirls in Lilongwe show their appreciation of menstrual cups.

Here is an article by Janie for the ideas website Aeon called The Taboo of Menstruation.

Janie writes obituaries such as this one about Dame Anne Warburton for the Independent; and this for The Guardian about Father Keble Prosser.


Mandu Reid.
Local mother Thoko and Mandu Reid of the The Cup Effect going to a menstrual health workshop with Janie on the River Shire in Malawi.

Janie was asked by the Girl Guides of Malawi to set up Menstrual Cups for Malawi. Schoolgirls, Girl Guide leaders, mothers and refugees are now using menstrual cups. She presented this project at the Society of Menstrual Cycle Research conference in Atlanta, USA. Working with The Cup Effect, Janie convened a panel of menstrual experts including Menstrual Health Hub, No More Taboo and Menstrual Matters International to present health recommendations to Plan International as part of their Because I am a Girl campaign.

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