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