Share the Dignity works to make a real, on-the-ground difference in the lives of women and girls experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or doing it tough. We distribute sanitary items to those in need and work to end period poverty here in Australia. When a woman is doing it tough, the last thing on her mind should be dealing with her period.
We are proud to partner with over 3,000 charities nationally, helping them to assist the women, girls and those who menstruate who desperately need access to period products. This is achieved through our Dignity Drives and Dignity Vending Machines. We also distribute the gift of a bag for those in need at Christmas time through our annual It’s in the Bag campaign.
To ensure that everyone is afforded the dignity in life that so many of us take for granted. To bring dignity to women and girls experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and period poverty through the distribution of sanitary items
Dignity for all through the achievement of:
- Ending period poverty
- Leadership in education and advocacy
- Dignity for people facing adversity
Share the Dignity acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of this land.
We pay respect to Elders past, present and future.
We would like to acknowledge the lands, waterways and cultures of the lands in which our Head Office at Sandgate is located, which is that of the Turrbal and Jagerra nations and extend that respect to all Aboriginal peoples.
Share the Dignity is committed to providing inclusive and appropriate support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples, their kin and community.
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is an organisation turning good intentions into real actions and rising to the challenge of reconciling Australia. A RAP is a business plan that uses a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhanced respect, and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The RAP program includes four RAP types: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, and Elevate. Share the Dignity is at the Reflect RAP stage. In May 2021, we submitted our Reflect RAP to Reconciliation Australia and are awaiting feedback. In the meantime, we are working hard to ensure we are meeting our Reflect RAP goals.
In 2015, Share the Dignity was founded after identifying there was a genuine need to provide vulnerable women in our community with essential sanitary products. It was reported that these women are often forced to choose between buying food to eat or buying expensive sanitary items to get through their periods.
Women and children, either homeless or in shelters, were having to clean themselves in public toilets and use paper towels to create makeshift sanitary pads. This is not and should never be okay.
From a grassroots local community initiative to a national charity, Share the Dignity has struck a chord with the Australian public and continues to evolve in order to provide for the needs of at-risk women and children.
Working tirelessly with over 5,500 volunteers, the charity has been able to deliver over 3.2 million packets of pads and tampons and over 617,000 essential-filled handbags to Australian women, girls and those who menstruate.
Share the Dignity continues to grow with the support of passionate volunteers and the generosity of Australian businesses, ensuring that everyone is afforded the dignity in life that many of us take for granted.
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For Share The Dignity, good corporate governance means having processes in place, undertaking activities, and maintaining relationships to ensure that the funds we raise from the community are used to carry out our mission.