High tea spreads dig­nity

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - LAU­REN ROBERTS

SIXTY-TWO Ter­ri­to­ri­ans sipped tea, nib­bled on fin­ger sand­wiches and toasted flutes of cham­pagne yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, com­ing to­gether for the in­au­gu­ral Dig­niTEA event at Fin­lay’s Joint.

Dig­niTEA was held to co­in­cide with In­ter­na­tional Men­strual Hy­giene Day, a day to break the taboo around pe­ri­ods and raise aware­ness of good men­strual hy­giene.

“50 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion has a pe­riod — why can’t we talk about it?” Share the Dig­nity NT team leader Lisa Bartholome­w said.

She is en­cour­ag­ing Ter­ri­to­ri­ans to do­nate san­i­tary items to Share the Dig­nity, so the or­gan­i­sa­tion can pro­vide home­less women across the NT with tam­pons and pads.

“These women have to de­cide — do I eat to­day, do my kids eat to­day, can I buy pads or do I steal them?” Ms Bartholome­w said. “What is less dig­ni­fied — steal­ing tam­pons or not hav­ing them?”

Ms Bartholome­w said at home­less shel­ters across Aus­tralia, san­i­tary items were the last items to be do­nated and often first to be taken.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sharethedi­g­nity.com.au

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

Lisa Bartholome­w and Meika Hin­ton sit down for a cuppa at yes­ter­day's Share the Dig­niTEA event

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