Tampons and pads are expensive – and Toronto’s Centennial College is working with its student associations to change that. A new initiative, called Free the Tampon, will make tampons and sanitary pads available in women’s washrooms across Centennial’s Toronto campuses for FREE.
In a press release, Centennial College said this new policy aims to correct a gender equity issue that’s long been a problem: “males can find everything to fulfill their basic hygienic needs in a public washroom – free toilet paper, soap, paper towels – while females are expected to pay for a hygienic product they require.”
Centennial argues that economically, the project makes sense because “the cost of purchasing feminine hygiene products on campus can be burdensome for some students.” In addition, the project has required little investment on the school’s part for new infrastructures – dispensers that once charged for tampons and pads now simply give them away for free.
While not the first Canadian school to adopt such a policy, Centennial College claims to be the first public institution to do so.