Last year, Seoul City installed emergency sanitary pad dispensers in 11 public facilities including youth centers, libraries, and welfare centers that are frequented by youths and women upon receiving a high satisfaction rate from users and operating agencies, with no problems of misuse despite earlier concerns. Seoul will largely extend the number of facilities with emergency sanitary pad dispensers to 200 locations and work to implement various campaigns for spreading the culture of installing emergency sanitary pad dispensers to the public.
According to the result of Seoul City’s pilot project that began in October of last year, user satisfaction of the pilot project reached a total of 4.42 points (out of a total of 5 points). Of the 11 participating facilities of the pilot project, ten found it to be satisfactory while one answered that the result was average and none found it to be unsatisfactory, and all showed the will to participate in the project in 2019.
In the 11 facilities, a total of 2,901 sanitary pads (average of 3.68 per day) were used during the three-month trial run, and no problems of misuse occurred, which was an earlier concern for the project.
Seoul conducted online discussion and surveys before the 2018 pilot project to collect citizens’ opinions. 92% of citizens voted in favor of the installment of emergency sanitary pad dispensers in public facilities, and 84.9% of women responded that they once experienced difficulty due to not having access to sanitary pads when they needed them.
Seoul drew up a budget of KRW 500 million this year to increase the number of participating facilities to 200, including youth centers, vocational experience centers, women development centers, welfare centers, and libraries used primarily by youths and women.
Seoul will indicate the facilities that provide sanitary pad dispensers on Seoul map for easy use by citizens (http://map.seoul.go.kr) following the confirmed designation of project organizations. Seoul will also enforce various campaigns for the spread of emergency sanitary pad dispensers throughout all regions.
○ Current status of pilot project locations (11 facilities)
|1||Seoul Museum of Art||Free||Jung-gu|
|2||Seoul Women’s Plaza||Free||Dongjak-gu|
|3||Jungbu Women’s Development Center||Free||Mapo-gu|
|4||Taiwha Christian Community Center||Free||Gangnam-gu|
|5||Seoul Metropolitan Library||Coin||Jung-gu|
|6||Seoul Museum of History||Coin||Jongno-gu|
|7||Seoul Science Center||Coin||Nowon-gu|
|8||Buk Seoul Museum of Art||Coin||Nowon-gu|
|9||Gwangjin Youth Center||Coin||Gwangjin-gu|
|10||Guro Youth Center||Coin||Guro-gu|
|11||Jungnang Youth Center||Coin||Jungnang-gu|
|Free dispenser||Using a free dispenser|
|Coin||Coin box and guide (information desk)|