Australia’s Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs: Rochelle Courtenay

Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’ a title that has stuck following the collection of over 650,000 packets of pads and tampons across Australia.

After learning of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle, Rochelle decided the question was not “Why is nobody doing anything” but rather “What’s stopping me from doing something?”.  In March 2015 Rochelle took matters into her own hands, collecting sanitary items within her local community and distributing to local shelters. From a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity, with over 1,000 volunteers Australia wide, and multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.

Share the Dignity has collected over 650,000 packets of pads and tampons and a further 130,000 handbags filled with sanitary items. The charity continues to work towards bridging the gap of access to these items with the roll out of their Australia first, custom designed Dignity Vending Machine. The machines are being installed in key areas across Australia and dispense a free period pack containing pads and tampons up to once every 10 minutes.

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