A lot of beating around the bush goes on when it comes to the topic of menstruation, with euphemisms ranging from the tasteful 'that time of the month', to the slightly less classy 'box wine time'.
And that's okay, really. You can get all sentimental about how it represents the ability to create new life and it's a gift that should be appreciated – and theoretically you'd be right – but, to be really honest, when it's happening, it is basically just gross with practical difficulties and the potential for embarrassing disasters.
For homeless women, each and every complication associated with 'that time of the month' is magnified. There's so much they don't have access to and, with limited resources, many are forced to choose between food and sanitary items – something a woman should never have to face.
The taboo nature of menstruation in general has allowed this issue to go largely unnoticed. Until now that is. A new initiative pioneered by Brisbane lady, Rochelle, 'Share The Dignity' aims to address the issue through the simple act of seeking donations from the public and sharing them with homeless women. The brilliant part is, with cash taken out of the equation, you can feel confident that your donation, in it's entirety, is going precisely where it is needed.
The first drop off point to be announced is at Ipswich's Handmade Expo Market at the Ipswich Turf Club. A purple bin will be available on the 20 June and 18 July market days, ready to receive the first donations – we're talking pads and tampons – and every single one counts.
And this thoughtful new initiative isn't just for the ladies to get involved in. While pads and tampons may feel like an odd purchase for a man, 'Share The Dignity' offers men the unique opportunity to rise above gender stereotypes and show some support for their female counterparts who truly need it.Look out for the purple 'Share The Digity' bin at Ipswich's Handmade Expo Market at the Ipswich Turf Club, 20 June and 18 July.