Dignity NZ provides a ‘buy one, give one’ model for period products. Its corporate partners provide sanitary items in bathrooms and Dignity NZ donates the equivalent number of boxes to those without access. To date it has donated about 29,000 boxes of period products to 130 schools, youth organisations and women’s support groups across New Zealand. The initiative has supported about 36,000 women.
Dignity NZ believes in sustainability, fairness and transparency and has been an accredited Living Wage employer for three years. It aims to create a New Zealand movement where all women can access sanitary items for free, either through its programmes or by encouraging businesses to provide a similar service.
Dignity NZ works closely with schools and corporations. Almost 90% of schools state that the service improves students’ self-esteem while 85% of women say the service makes them feel more personally supported at their workplace.