Seoul's free sanitary pad scheme aims to address 'period poverty'

A Seoul government official inserts a gold coin into a dispenser to get a free sanitary pad inside a toilet at the Seoul Metropolitan Library. Concerns about the public abusing the free service were unfounded, judging from the number of pads taken.
A Seoul government official inserts a gold coin into a dispenser to get a free sanitary pad inside a toilet at the Seoul Metropolitan Library. Concerns about the public abusing the free service were unfounded, judging from the number of pads taken.ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON

City installs 10 dispensers in public places to break social taboo and help low-income women

Seoul city has installed vending machines in toilets at 10 public institutions to dispense free "emergency sanitary pads" in a pilot programme targeted at women who urgently need to use the monthly necessity and those who cannot afford it.

The scheme, which started on Oct 8, covers locations that include the city's main library, three museums and two youth centres.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 28, 2018, with the headline 'Seoul's free sanitary pad scheme aims to address 'period poverty''. Print Edition | Subscribe