A mountain of handbags, backpacks and bags of all kinds… Inside, hygiene products for women in need. An initiative called ‘Bags that are not luxury’ that is repeated, for the third consecutive year, in Budapest.
Szandra Cserta, home organization consultant and one of those responsible for this collection explains its importance:
“The ‘Non-Luxury Bags’ movement can be a bit special because every woman starts from herself. Even now, years later, when I talk about it, it gives me chills to think that a basic hygiene product, like a toothbrush toothpaste or toothpaste, not to mention sanitary napkins, are not available to everyone.
In addition to this, the organizers of the collection requested body lotion, hand cream, shower gel and soap.
“We also include deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, if the donor wants to give a little more, and this year hand sanitizer and masks are also important,” explains Ági Huszka, organizer of ‘Bags that are not luxury’ and stylist.
The bags will be distributed by Malteser International Hungary.
“There are no Hungarian statistics on how many women are affected by the problem of period poverty, but there are Anglo-Saxon statistics that say that one in 20 women struggles with this problem at some point in her life. The situation in Hungary is probably somewhat worse. “, says Anna Kovács-Pálffy, organizer of ‘Bags that are not luxury’ and social worker of Malteser International Hungary.
‘Bags that are not luxury’ estimates that one in 10 or 12 Hungarian women have had difficulty buying basic hygiene products.
During its latest campaign, the charity collected more than 17,000 bags. This year, donations are open until January 31.