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Who is behind Neighborhood Feminists?
We’re Camila, Anneloes and Tammy. Read more about us here.
What neighborhoods do you currently work in?
We currently provide women with kits in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost (for women living in the Harriet Tubman Huis) and in Amsterdam Centrum (for women who frequent the Wereldhuis).
How can I support your projects?
Check out our donate page!
How much does one Dignity Kit cost to make?
Currently, the Dignity Kits cost about € 15,00 per woman per month on average. The assembly cost can vary depending on, for example, whether we have received donated products that month or not.
Why is it so important to include menstrual products in Dignity Kits?
Menstrual products like tampons, menstrual pads and panty liners are often expensive and even classified as a “luxury product”: in Belgium, for example, these products are taxed under the high tax rate. In The Netherlands, tampons and pads are taxed with a reduced 9% rate as they are considered health and hygiene products.
For an average menstrual cycle, a person would use about 35 pads. Paying for menstrual pads is a financial burden that people who menstruate cannot avoid. As the women we are providing with kits usually have either no income at all or have a very limited weekly budget, menstrual products quickly become very expensive. In addition, Bloody Good Period, an organisation providing menstrual products to refugees and other groups in the UK, reported that women coming into the EU as refugees can have very irregular and heavy periods because of the trauma that they went through.
The women receiving our Dignity Kits are not allowed to work to receive extra income, and they often have to support not only themselves but also children. The choice between buying food or buying menstrual products is an extremely hard one to make.
Why not distribute menstrual cups instead of pads and tampons?
We agree that menstrual cups are an awesome product with very little impact on the environment and lots of benefits for people using them compared to traditional menstrual products – we also use them ourselves! But, menstrual cups have several drawbacks for the group we work with.
First of all, they can have a steep learning curve: something you might imagine people are not in the mood for when they don’t even have a place to sleep for the night. Choosing an option you are familiar with takes up a lot less valuable brain space.
Secondly, the group we work with often prefers menstrual products that do not need to be inserted. They prefer pads over tampons for modesty reasons or because of for example female genital cutting or trauma. Menstrual cups of course need to be inserted, and they are quite large in comparison to tampons as well.
Thirdly, menstrual cups need to be frequently washed with water and soap, and need to be sterilised at least between cycles. The women we work with often do not have continuous access to a clean space to do this.
If any of the women we provide with Dignity Kits requests a menstrual cup however, we would of course be more than happy to provide them with one!
Why is your website in English when you’re working in The Netherlands?
Our website is in English for two main reasons: the three of us have three different native languages, and the women we work with speak a myriad of languages too. English seemed the best middle ground! If you get in touch with us though, feel free to send a message in Dutch too (or Spanish, or French!).
Are you an official non-profit?
Yes! We are registered as a non-profit foundation at the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce) under no. 76098834.
Are you an ANBI organisation?
Yes! As of October 30, 2019, we have official ANBI status. This means that the Dutch government has verified that all our work is done for the public benefit and that none of our board members get paid. It also means you can deduct your donations to Neighborhood Feminists from your income tax application in The Netherlands!