NOS News•Today, 22:56
Today the Poverty Fund in Utrecht opened the thousandth collection point for free menstrual products. These are desperately needed, says the organization, because 1 in 10 women and girls sometimes have no money to buy menstrual products. “As a result, for example, they do not go to school, and that is very worrying,” says a spokesperson.
In September last year there were still about two hundred collection points from the Poverty Fund, that number has now increased fivefold. With this, the Poverty Fund expects to reach more than 60,000 girls and women. The organization expects to have about thirteen hundred to fourteen hundred points by the end of this year.
“Demand is increasing enormously, we see that more and more schools and other locations are able to find us,” said a spokesperson. High inflation and energy costs play a major role in this. “Middle incomes are also in trouble.”
At the opening of the collection point, people were enthusiastic:
And that’s 1000: more and more points for free menstrual products
The collection points are located in places where people can easily reach them and where they are most needed. Places like schools, libraries and community centers. But also at food banks and thrift shops, such as the thrift shop in the Utrecht district of Overvecht, where the thousandth point opened its doors.
Because shame around menstruation still plays a role, according to the Poverty Fund, the products have been put in special cabinets that someone can access anonymously. “We have also deliberately provided a wide range. From sanitary pads and tampons to menstrual cups. And from private label to sustainable brands. So there is something for everyone.”