Vending machine offers free sanitary products for women

08/03/2019

Georges River Council has launched the Share the Dignity #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine at Hurstville Library, offering women in need free sanitary products.

The initiative was endorsed by Georges River Council in May 2018, with Council donating an additional $10,000 to women’s charity Share the Dignity, with a focus on supporting women experiencing domestic and family violence.

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that the initiative aims to empower and support women in need in the Georges River area.

“I am pleased to be partnering with Share the Dignity to launch a #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine today, on International Women’s Day,” said Mayor Greene.

“Share the Dignity receives donations for women’s sanitary products to help women experiencing homelessness or poverty. By installing one of the charity’s signature vending machines at Hurstville Library, we are supporting women in our community who are experiencing hardship.”

Councillor Warren Tegg advocated for the vending machine in May 2018.

“Hurstville Library was selected for the location of the vending machine because it provides easy access for the large number of women and girls who use the facility, so that women in our local area never have to go without sanitary items,” explained Councillor Tegg.

The #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine dispenses one free ‘Period Pack’ at a time, containing six tampons and two pads, which are paid for by donations from people across Australia and restocked by Share the Dignity.

Share the Dignity’s #Pinkbox Coordinator for NSW Leanne Semple will be speaking at Council’s International Women’s Day high tea event today, which will feature a panel discussion relating to gender equality.

“Many of the community workers we speak to tell us that by not having to ask a worker for sanitary items it can be quite empowering to those who feel that they have very little power or dignity in their lives,” said Leanne.

Share The Dignity currently manages 60 Dignity Vending Machines across Australia. It costs just $2.50 to donate one ‘Period Pack’ and organisations can also sponsor the cost of a #Pinkbox build and installation for $9,000. To donate or for more information on Share the Dignity, please visit https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/donate-now/.

For more information on Georges River Council, please call 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.