Pink Box – Let’s End Period Poverty and Act for Equality

Pink Boxes found in public institutions across the city provide women and girls with sanitary products in order to end period poverty and break menstruation taboos.

PERIOD POVERTY IN POLAND

Recent research (Kulczyk Fundation, 2020) shows that 4% of Polish women do not have the money to buy sanitary items: nearly 500,000 people. The difficulties caused by the unavailability of sanitary pads in public institutions affect women in schools, universities, offices and libraries: 21% of teenage girls skip school due to a lack of sanitary products, and 10% of women don't leave the house at all. The Pink Box is the first project in Poland to deal with this problem. The City of Kielce joined this action shortly after is began.

PROVIDING SANITARY PRODUCTS

The Pink Box is a box where every girl and woman can find sanitary pads and tampons. Pink Boxes can be found in more and more places around Kielce, starting in social care facilities for women, schools and cultural institutions. This action against period poverty and towards providing women with equal opportunities started in Poland with two bottom-up movements: the Fundacja Różowa Skrzyneczka (Pink Box Foundation) and Fundacja Akcja Menstruacja (Menstruation Action Foundation). The City of Kielce was one of the first in Poland to officially join the action and find ways of supporting girls and women in breaking the taboo of menstruation.

BREAKING MENSTRUATION TABOOS

Apart from putting the boxes in the institutions of the city, this campaign informs citizens about the problem of period poverty and the challenge of providing equal chances for men and women. It directly involves women, not only in education and culture, but also in the debate on menstruation and taboo-breaking. Breaking menstruation taboos and introducing Pink Boxes to public spaces is a step towards equal opportunities and chances in society for women, as well as empowering women to discuss the issues that affect them.

Project owner
Michał Braun
City Councillor of Kielce