Not something you might think about everyday – but imagine having to choose between buying necessary monthly products and putting food on the table.
Sadly, this is something many women and teenage girls in Australia grapple with, but there’s something we can all do about it.
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For the fourth year running, Australia Fair and Share the Dignity have teamed up for the March Dignity donation drive and we’re encouraged to donate products at collection points outside Coles and Woolworths.
Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said it will help alleviate the undignified situations thousands of women endure.
“So many women every month have to forfeit period 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 period products, women become extremely resourceful…by using wadded up newspaper, or toilet paper, or socks. This should not be happening,” Ms Courtenay said.
The campaign is requesting donations of tampons, pads, liners, period underwear, menstrual cups, and incontinence products to distribute to those in need nationwide.
Australia Fair ’s Louise Jurgs said they’re excited to be part of the Share the Dignity drive again.
“Something as simple and inexpensive as a packet of tampons will make a great difference to a young Gold Coast woman in need” Ms Jurgs said.