“If you only have 50 euros per month to spend, one euro for a pack of pads is a lot of money”
Two Groningen students have organised a fundraiser so that no woman in the city should have to go without menstrual products due to poverty. With food banks across the city in great need of menstrual products for their clients. Maureen Oudshoorn and Mirthe Zuhorn have organised the campaign, and so far raised over 800 euros for the food bank.
“If you only have fifty euros to spend a month, then that one euro for a pack of sanitary pads is a lot of money,” says Zuhorn. “And it doesn’t stop at one euro. You’re not done with one box of tampons,” says Oudshoorn, reports OOGTV.
“I just think it’s terrible that there are women who don’t have enough money for it every month. And therefore are not going to work or school. We are all women and it was something that touched us,” says Oudshoorn.
The campaign was very successful because they were able to donate about 800 euros worth of sanitary towels and tampons to the food bank.
Scotland made headlines in 2019 by putting money (6 million euros, or 1/400th of KLM’s Coronavirus support package) towards making sure that every young woman in the country could access free sanitary products at their school or university.