Jacinta Gulasekharam

Four years ago, Jacinta co-founded Dignity, operating a ‘buy one, give one’ model for period products. Corporate partners provide sanitary items in bathrooms and Dignity NZ donates the equivalent number of boxes to those without access to them. To date Dignity has donated 29,000 boxes of period products to 130 schools, youth organisations and women’s support groups across New Zealand, supporting over more 36,000 women.

Dignity partners with New Zealand supplier Organic Initiative to provide sanitary items that are biodegradable, compostable, 100% cotton and fair trade. The organisation works closely with schools and corporations. Within schools, 87% state that the service improves students’ self-esteem.

Jacinta was the lead in the Positive Periods petition calling on the government to provide period products to all students in NZ and better menstrual education. The petition gained 3,105 signatures in 90 days.