Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we're working with Organic Initiative (Oi) to make organic cotton pads and tampons freely available in all guest rooms, adding to those already available to staff in all staff rooms.
We want to make feminine hygiene products part of normal conversation and as accessible and available as any other item meant for human hygiene, like soap or toilet paper.Vedika Jhunjhnuwala
The move makes Sudima Hotels one of the first hotel groups in New Zealand to provide feminine hygiene products (and healthy, biodegradable products) free of charge to staff and guests.
Vedika Jhunjhnuwala, Executive Director – Projects at Sudima Hotels and an experienced environmental and social advocate, says, “We want to make feminine hygiene products part of normal conversation and as accessible and available as any other item meant for human hygiene, like soap or toilet paper.
“Toilet paper is free in public bathrooms and workplaces to accommodate natural bodily functions, yet period products, which also serve a natural bodily function, are not free. Girls and women should not have any difficulty accessing these products or any shame or discomfort attached to talking about them or using them.
“We know period poverty is a real issue which can hinder low-income girls and women from regularly attending school and work, because the cost of menstrual products can be prohibitive.
While this has not been – to our knowledge – a significant issue for staff or guests in our hotels, we believe all girls and women should have easy access to sanitary items throughout New Zealand, not just in accommodation experiences, so we are taking steps towards a more inclusive and equal society and we encourage other businesses and government to do the same."
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