There are over 100,000 Australian women and teenage girls who every month go without female sanitary products because they cannot afford them, due to homelessness, poverty and domestic violence situations.
To help provide the basic essentials for women and girls in crisis, Share the Dignity and Retail First Shopping Centres are calling on Australians to donate tampons, pads and personal hygiene products during their April Dignity donation drive.
Pink collection boxes have popped up at Australia Fair this month, with Gold Coast shoppers encouraged to help out local women and teenage girls in need by donating.
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Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said the organisation tries to alleviate the undignified situations that thousands of women across the country endure.
“So many women every month have to forfeit sanitary products because they cannot afford them. Many mothers must choose between buying tampons and feeding their children. Girls miss out on school simply because families cannot afford to buy the basics of necessities,” stressed Ms Courtenay.
“When they cannot have access to the essential feminine products, women become extremely resourceful…by using wadded up newspaper, or toilet paper, or socks. This should not be happening.
“The donation drive has an overall target of 200,000 packets of tampons and pads. This is a huge number and so the more awareness and opportunities for consumers to donate, the more women and girls we will be able to assist.”
Retail First Head of Marketing, Ms Bec Gascoigne said that Retail First Shopping Centres was excited to be part of the Share the Dignity drive again after a successful result in August last year.
“Something as simple and inexpensive as a packet of tampons will make a great difference to a young Queensland woman in need,” Ms Gascoigne said.
“Rochelle’s stories about women and girls in crisis touched our hearts and we shed tears hearing of young girls not going to school while they have their period. We knew we had to continue to be involved in this very worthy donation drive.”