Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)— Twice a year, Share the Dignity conducts a national drive to collect pads, tampons, menstrual cups, incontinence pads and other items to help homeless and displaced women manage their menstrual period with dignity.

The March 2020 Share the Dignity Drive was cut short due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian soil. As a result of COVID our nation is lurching into its deepest recession since The Great Depression and more and more people are struggling simply to eat and keep the lights on. The number of women experiencing homelessness and fleeing domestic violence is greater now than ever. This 'period poverty' can affect health, hygiene and self-esteem. It robs women of opportunities, and their dignity.

For these reasons I am delighted to again support the Share the Dignity Drive. My Maitland electorate office is registered as a drop-off point for donations. However, given the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage people to visit the Share the Dignity website and lodge an online donation, or visit their online store and make a purchase where all profits go towards the mission to end period poverty. The website can be found at