Share the Dignity

Donate to a women’s charity that makes a real, on-the-ground difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence. Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every YEAR for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Small dignities make a big difference. Share The Dignity fund funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaign for justice for women in Australia.

After reading in 2015 that homeless women Australia-wide were making sanitary pads out of public restroom toilet paper because they couldn’t afford to buy them, Rochelle Courtenay started a small sanitary collection in her Brisbane neighbourhood. She donated the items to a local women’s shelter.

Through demand, the not-for-profit charity Share the Dignity was born, providing homeless and at-risk women Australia-wide with sanitary items. More than 4000 volunteers and some of Australia’s biggest corporates are now behind the

Furthermore, Share the Dignity now runs a Christmas appeal called #Itsinthebag. In the last two weeks of November, women are asked to donate a pre-loved or new handbag filled with sanitary items plus some of other life’s essentials like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush and any other gift they may wish to donate.

More recently, Rochelle and her team of national supporters successfully campaigned the Federal Government to abolish the GST on sanitary items stating: “It’s not fair or right to have GST on sanitary items because they’re a basic human right and not a luxury. Ferrero Rochers are a luxury in my house.”


$50: Will help pay the funeral costs of a victim killed as a result of domestic violence

$100: Will fund pads and tampons for six women for one month

$200: Will expand the Share the Dignity free pad and tampon distribution program

$9000: Will put a free tampon vending machine in school bathrooms for girls living in poverty

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