One for Her was setup in May 2018 by Michelle Wratten who was surprised to discover that period poverty is an issue in New Zealand. After hearing about teenage girls shoplifting tampons and regularly wagging school every month during their period, she came up with One for Her.
The concept behind One for Her is to encourage women each month to buy an additional pack of pads or tampons to donate. Even though the cost of sanitary products may not seem much, for a women with a couple of daughters, the cost can easily be between $20-30 per month and for those on a tight income, unfortunately sanitary products are unaffordable and many women go without.
A survey by KidsCan in 2018 found that:
- 1 in 2 kiwi women have found it difficult to access sanitary products
- 33% of kiwi women have had to choose food over sanitary items and
- 1 in 5 kiwi women have missed school or work due to a lack of sanitary items
One For Her started on the Hibiscus Coast of North Auckland and has expanded to Warkworth, Whangarei, Palmerston North, Fielding, Upper Hutt and Tauranga.
We are open to expanding to other areas as well if we are able to get co-ordinators in other areas who are able to help. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.