Share the Dignity is an organisation that works to directly benefit women in crisis experiencing “period poverty.”
Women in crisis typically refers to women who are homeless, fleeing domestic violence or doing it tough.
“When a woman is doing it tough, the last thing on her mind should be dealing with her period,” Share The Dignity say.
Period poverty in lockdown is a rising critical situation facing many women across the world.
These new restrictions for public housing estates affect more than 3,000 people – typically people who already face serious financial difficulties – who are now required to stay inside their homes to help slow the spread.
Measures are said to be in place for at least 5 days, in order to ensure that all residents are tested.
The lack of access to the most basic human necessities has prompted many local businesses and charities to pitch in.
Share The Dignity believe no Aussie should be left behind, “that’s why we’re working with @FoodbankVic to safely deliver period products to those without.”
According to Foodbank Victoria, Share The Dignity donated 3,342 packs of sanitary pads and tampons to help public housing residents in lockdown.
Last year Share The Dignity announced they are working with Woolworths.
The Australian supermarket giant “committed to donating five cents from every packet of pads and tampons sold in each of their 995 stores across Australia.”
Share The Dignity says this means up to a million dollars each year, “to help us ensure that Australian women and girls are no longer forced to use wadded up toilet paper to manage their periods.”
This August Share The Dignity has their bi-annual Dignity Drive.
The Dignity Drive relies on the Australian public to donate pads, tampons and any other kinds of mensuration support to Dignity Drives across the country; Woolworths stores being one of these said drop-off points.
If you wish to donate this August, find out more here.
And let’s ensure that period poverty is not neglected from consideration during this pandemic as we “share the dignity.”