Seoul will launch a pilot project for the installation of emergency sanitary pad dispensers in ten public restrooms starting October 8th in order to ease the inconveniences that women may face in everyday life and promote women’s health rights.
The ten locations at which these dispensers will be installed are: ▴Gwangjin Youth Center, ▴Guro Youth Center, ▴Seoul Metropolitan Library, ▴Seoul Science Center, ▴Seoul Museum of Art, ▴Seoul Museum of History, ▴Buk Seoul Museum of Art, ▴Seoul Women’s Plaza, ▴Jungbu Women’s Development Center, and the ▴Taiwha Christian Community Center.
There will be two types of emergency sanitary pad dispensers: ① a lever-system dispenser that offers free sanitary pads, and ② a coin dispenser that offers free sanitary pads upon insertion of a coin received at the Information Desk. The dispenser types to be used at each facility were determined based on countermeasures regarding the possibility of abuse.
The “installation of emergency sanitary pad dispensers in public facility restrooms” is a matter that was continuously requested by citizens. This is reflective of the heightened social interest about public sanitary pad dispensers, as a direct outcome of the international trend and New York’s announcement regarding the “supply of free tampons in state schools.” A collection of citizens’ opinions from June showed that 92% (1,350 votes) responded “in favor to the installation of free sanitary pad dispensers in public facilities.”
Seoul City plans to provide facilities with dispensers, sanitary pads, coins and posters for the pilot project. It will also collect data on daily sanitary pad use along with the citizens’ feedback in cooperation with the applicable facilities in order to undertake an analysis of the results at the end of the year. An operating manual will also be published and distributed by the end of the year to promote the installation of emergency sanitary pad machines.
|Seoul Museum of Art||Free||Jung-gu|
|Seoul Women’s Plaza||Free||Dongjak-gu|
|Jungbu Women’s Development Center||Free||Mapo-gu|
|Taehwa Christian Community Center||Free||Gangnam-gu|
|Seoul Metropolitan Library||Coin||Jung-gu|
|Seoul Museum of History||Coin||Jongno-gu|
|Seoul Science Center||Coin||Nowon-gu|
|Buk Seoul Museum of Art||Coin||Nowon-gu|
|Gwangjin Youth Center||Coin||Gwangjin-gu|
|Guro Youth Center||Coin||Guro-gu|
※ The emergency sanitary pad supply pilot project will operate either free dispensers or free coin dispensers.
– Free dispenser: Turn the lever with no payment necessary to receive a sanitary pad.
– Free coin dispenser: Receive a coin at the Information Desk, insert it into the coin slot and turn the lever to receive a sanitary pad.