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Share the Dignity: Semi-Annual Dignity Drive

Wednesday, 9 August 2017
This is something a little different totally unglamorous but I feel really passionate about it and wanted to share. I watched a really eye opening video a while ago about how tough it is for homeless women to cope with their periods that was filmed in America. I'm sure we can all attest to how awful it is to endure monthly periods, even with all the sanitary items you need. I couldn't imagine how I could deal with it without access to a shower and adequate sanitary items. In the comment section of that video I discovered that there was an Australian charity called Share the Dignity that is committed to ensuring that every woman is afforded the dignity most of us take for granted.



It might sound like a simple thing, but having access to sanitary items is a really important necessity. Not only is it a sanitary and hygiene concern that can have a huge personal impact if women don't have access to what they need, there are far more serious issues. Homeless women, and those in shelters, may be forced to conserve the sanitary items they do have and wear them for far longer than recommended. Even worse, they may be in a position where they are forced to make their own sanitary items from any materials they can find, all of which are not sanitary. All of this dramatically heightens the risk of potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome and other serious infections.

Imagine having to try and deal with menstruation without being able to shower or have the dignity of privacy in which to do it. Many women are forced to clean themselves in public restrooms and create makeshift pads from paper towel or newspaper. Having your monthly period is annoying, but it should never be humiliating or traumatic. 
Twice a year Share the Dignity runs a Dignity Drive to collect much needed sanitary items to distribute to women who need them. They particularly focus on helping women who have been victims of domestic violence. Family violence is the dominant reason that women access homeless services and something as simple as a pack of pads of tampons can provide the dignity and assistance and make a huge difference. 

It is so simple to donate. Just look up your nearest collection point and drop in as many unopened packs of pads, tampons and other sanitary items as you can spare during the month of August. I personally searched around for the best sales and bought a basket full of products that I am incredibly happy to donate. I hope you will join me because even a single box of tampons can provide dignity and relief to a woman in need for a whole month. If you don't have time for that, you can even directly donate the cost of a pack of pads, tampons or even a reusable menstrual cup on the website and the charity will take care of the rest. 
There are so many ways to help out and it is such an important cause to assist and draw attention to. We all prefer not to talk about menstruation but so many women don't have the luxury of being able to deal with monthly periods with privacy and dignity. I really encourage everyone to take part or, if you can't donate, spread the word because this is an amazing cause that everyone needs to know about.
12 comments on "Share the Dignity: Semi-Annual Dignity Drive"
  1. I'm definitely planning on donating some unwanted sanitary items to Share The Dignity soon as I didn't get around to donating during the April drive. It's so important we help out our fellow sisters who can't afford such luxuries due to their living situations + it also feels good for us to de-clutter & give away items to those who will use them more than we would.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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    1. That's awesome! It is great to hear you are going to take part.

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  2. This is so beautiful. I never knew this existed. I will hunt down and donate for this amazing drive. thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    Lubz || Http://lubzsays.com

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    1. No worries at all. I am so happy to hear that you are going to donate too :)

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  3. I can't even begin to imagine how it must feel as woman to not have sanitary wear that's easily accessible and a comfortable environment to change in. I just checked my nearest collection point to me and it's right where I was heading on my lunch break. I'll be donating for sure. Thanks for sharing this Emma. So important!
    Isabella | www.digyhu.com

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    1. How convenient! There really are a ton of collection points that make it so easy to donate. It is great to hear you will be pitching in too :)

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  4. Thank you for letting me know about this important cause and its existence. I am definitely going to contribute to this. Great Post!

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    1. It's great to hear you are going to take part too. Thanks for reading ;)

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  5. I love this, Emma! I just used the finder to see where I could drop things to and my local pharmacy does! Right next to the Woolworths we go to every week :)

    Maddie | www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

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    1. My local pickup is right beside the IGA I got to 3+ times a week. I love that so many businesses are taking part as drop off locations.

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  6. This is such a great cause! My local gym supports this and I always drop off some sanitary products.

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  7. This is such an amazing post - I had no idea that something as helpful and as lovely as this existed! I will definitely find out more about how I can donate and help becuase, you're right, there are others in this world that don't have access to sanitary items that we would refer to as basics. xx
    Marina Rosie xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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