In order to better meet the rising need for menstrual products in Amsterdam, in August 2021 we launched our Menstruation Stations project. Menstruation Stations are cabinets that are placed by us in easy-to-reach locations. They are stocked and kept replenished with free period products for anyone in need, no questions asked.
Why Menstruation Stations?
Period poverty is all too real in neighborhoods across Amsterdam (and the Netherlands, for that matter). As proud as we are to live here, we also know that 1 in 5 people in this city live below the poverty line, and that some 26.000 people in Amsterdam regularly struggle to afford period products. We find that unacceptable anywhere, but certainly in such an otherwise wealthy city. Through these Menstruation Stations, we broaden our fight to end period poverty by making products available in public locations that are accessible to a wider population.
How does it work?
Menstruation Stations are stocked with pads and tampons of assorted sizes. The idea is simple: anyone who needs products can go to a Menstruation Station and grab what they need to take home with them. We urge people to take whatever full package they need, knowing that they can use it at home and come back for more whenever it is finished.
What’s the average cost for a Menstruation Station?
By placing bulk orders, we are able to benefit from discounts and savings. As a result, we’ve been able to keep the prices of Menstruation Stations to a minimum. For just €40 a month, a Menstruation Station can be kept fully stocked. Of course, this cost will vary across Stations as some are placed in areas with heavier foot traffic, meaning they will need to be restocked more frequently. A full Menstruation Station contains enough products for 10 people’s full monthly menstrual cycles, while serving many more as most people take just 1 packaged product at a time.
How you can help
- Support us with a financial donation, so we can buy the items needed! As mentioned, we are able to place bulk orders, so by donating your money directly to us, we are able to make sure it goes a longer way. Find out more here.
- Persuade your employer to support us! If you can persuade your company to get behind community support with direct impact, it’s just €500 to maintain one Menstruation Station for a full year. Any unspent funds (due to getting better deals in bulk, for example) will go toward expanding the Menstruation Stations and Dignity Kits projects.
- If you like what we do, you can also consider talking to your company about matching all employee donations.