11 July 2024

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has donated a four month supply of sanitary towels to 875 female high school students in four municipal schools in Khlong Sam Wa district in Bangkok.

The free distribution of female hygiene items are for students in years 8 through 10 (Mathayom 1-3) is part of Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt’s 216 actions, which were part of his election manifesto, to ease the burden on parents, according to Assistant Professor Kessara Thanyalakpark, chief strategy advisor to the governor.

Sanitary towels may seem a petty issue to some people but,for poorer students, it means they have to miss classes when they have their period, said Kessara, adding that this is a sensitive issue for women, as each has to spend between 80-150 baht per month on feminine hygiene products.

Until September, each student is being given two sanitary towels per day during their periods, she said, adding that the BMA will expand the provision to other municipal schools in Bangkok.