Share the Dignity
Supplying homeless women with free sanitary products.
Share the Dignity believes no woman should suffer the indignity of going without access to a basic necessity; sanitary items. Established with the aim of supplying homeless women with free sanitary products, Share the Dignity facilitates the collection and distribution of sanitary items to charities, shelters and organisations, who then redistribute them to homeless women and girls, those living in shelters or suffering financial hardship, and to communities and schools in economically deprived areas.
Funds raised: $35,000
Following their pitch, Share the Dignity raised an impressive $35,000 at TFN Brisbane in June 2017, which has gone towards fully stocking machines ready for installation in a safe and secure locations, made available to any women experiencing financial difficulties whilst dealing with their monthly cycle and being homeless.
For the thousands of women living below the poverty line, there is not enough money for shelter or food let alone sanitary products like pads and tampons. However, this is the stark reality many of these disadvantaged and often homeless women face. For some of the women in accommodation, they often need to request these products from staff – some of whom are male – which leads to feelings of indignity and embarrassment. This can lead to girls not attending school and women become unwell due to poor hygiene.
The money that was raised at TFN Live Brisbane, has been put towards a solution to this problem and restore the dignity of these disadvantaged women. By installing #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machines in schools in low socio-economic areas, homeless centres and domestic violence refuges, Share the Dignity has ensured that women can access these items with privacy.
One of the recipients of these vending machines is Kurri Kurri High School, which has 458 girls enrolled. It is a low-income area that has been hit very hard with the mining downturn, and since the machine was installed in July 2017, it has already distributed 849 packs! What’s more, there has been a decrease in absenteeism. To date there has been zero wastage and no vandalism of the machine. Additionally, the staff at the school suspect that packs are also being taken home and shared with students mothers and sisters – supporting the wider school community.
“Having the Pink Box installed at DYHSAC (Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation) has greatly assisted us in being able to provide holistic care to our most vulnerable women at their most vulnerable time of the month. Giving women the ability to have discreet access to free pads and tampons promotes self-esteem and self-confidence, reduces shame, facilitates empowerment and cares for the physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of women in the community. Placing the Pink Box at a primary health care facility also encourages women to access health services and to look after their own health. In summary, the Pink Box project has had a positive effect at DYHSAC” - Heidi Ripley, Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife
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