Fiona Parfrey

Fiona is co-founder of Riley who are focused on revolutionising fem health, from menstruation to menopause. Fiona started Riley with two friends following their discovery of how period care was manufactured; they felt there was a better way of doing periods, both for our bodies and for our planet. This is Fiona’s second business venture having successfully exited a previous e-commerce consumer brand in 2021 that she built from scratch.

What does an equal society look like for you?

Everyone in this world has something to offer, and we should all be given an equal opportunity to fulfil our potential. We know that equal societies lead to healthier and more prosperous communities with reduced violence; who doesn’t want to live in a world like that? It’s important to me personally because women haven’t always been equal, and still aren’t in a lot of societies. It’s been frustrating and sad to see that even in “progressive” nations women’s rights are being taken away, and I feel strongly that we all need to do what we can to tackle that. 

What does an equal society look like for you?

For me, an equal society will only exist when everyone born has the chance to live freely and has the same opportunities to achieve. It’s unfortunately a very long way away but I think in every modern lifetime we’ve been making strides in the right direction.

What would you like to do to make a difference, in the quest for equality?

My business is focused on female health, a massively underserved area that has been neglected since the dawn of time. Until women are given the right information to understand their bodies and hormones, and given access to the right products to serve their health needs – there will be inequality. For example, lack of education around this area has led to misdiagnosis in female health issues and lack of access to things like period products has led to young girls missing school. I’m doing what I can every day to be a part of changing that.