The impact of COVID-19 has meant that even more women are having to make the choice between buying food or sanitary items, with Share the Dignity reporting a 54% increase in charities registering for the August Dignity Drive when compared to their last drive in March earlier this year.
To help combat this, for the entire month of August, Woolworths and Share the Dignity are partnering in a Dignity Drive that will help provide essential support to the growing number of Australian women experiencing period poverty as a result of COVID-19.
If you can afford to support the cause all you have to do is head to any Woolworths Supermarket or Metro store nationwide where you'll be able to donate sanitary items via collection boxes. The supermarket giant will also donate five cents from the sale of pads, tampons and liners in August to Share the Dignity, so even just by purchasing your usual monthly supplies, you're helping a good cause.
Money from this drive will go towards funding more dignity vending machines that dispense free sanitary items for girls and women in need.
Founder of Share the Dignity, Rochelle Courtenay said: "COVID-19 has had a massive impact across Australia and it scares me to think of the increase in poverty that this pandemic will bring. As a result, more women and girls are not going to be able to afford basic essentials and will have to resort to toilet paper, socks or washers to deal with their period.
"I encourage every Australian to get out and support our August Dignity Drive by buying their sanitary items at Woolworths or donating products in our collection boxes. We will need to collect more items than we've done before to help meet the increased requests for support we are now seeing in communities across the country," she continued.
Woolworths has partnered with Share the Dignity since early 2019 and has so far raised in partnership with customers more than $1.3million for the charity.
Woolworths Managing Director, Claire Peters said: "We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Share the Dignity for our third Dignity Drive. Now more than ever the charity needs our support to meet the needs of the growing number of Australian women experiencing period poverty.
The March Dignity Drive collecting over 43,000 sanitary items for women in need. Here's hope they're able to double that this time around.