Yeronga State High School will be in the first batch of schools to receive the Dignity Vending Machine, a move that will provide free sanitary products to young students, providing much-needed support to female students who may otherwise be reluctant to seek help.
Share the Dignity will provide the free period packs (6 tampons and 2 pads) for schools to re-stock DVMs for the duration of the 3-year partnership.
The Dignity Vending Machine is an investment between the State Government and the charity, Share the Dignity. Sixty-two schools, including Yeronga State High School, have been listed for the first batch. The aim is to deliver these machines across 120 schools in Queensland.
“We want all students to be confident to attend school every day,” said Education Minister Grace Grace. “Giving students access to free sanitary products can make a real difference, especially for students whose families are doing it tough, have unstable accommodation or are fleeing domestic and family violence.
“This initiative supports Share the Dignity’s aim to distribute period products to women, girls, and anyone who menstruates who needs support.”
Alongside the access to free products, plans are in place to conduct a Period Talk education program for Year 5 to 8 students.
Rochelle Courtenay, the founder of Share the Dignity, said she’s eager to start with the Period Talk program “to educate boys and girls on menstruation, which will help us create long-term change and guide us towards a future where period is not a taboo word.”
The second batch of Dignity Vending Machine recipients will be announced after the EOI selection process.
Meanwhile, Share the Dignity is encouraging students to share their story of how much these Dignity Vending Machines have impacted their lives.
“By sharing your unique story and messages, we are able to raise awareness of the importance of giving to those who need support.
Whether you choose to remain anonymous or not, sharing your experience with Share the Dignity will remind our community why their contributions are so important and special.”