CULT BUY: The handbag that is literally changing women’s lives in Australia.

Video by Mamamia

If you’re looking for a new go-to bag, we’ve found just the one.

It’s the kind of staple classic you’ll want to use every day, the perfect size to hold all the bits and pieces that tend to accumulate at the bottom of our handbags and a sleek, stylish design that makes it look much more expensive than its $49.95 price tag.

But not only does it look good, it does good too. It’s a handbag with heart.

Watch the video playing above for the full story behind these handbags. 

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Designed by charity Share The Dignity, all proceeds go to help vulnerable women on the streets and in domestic violence shelters who are forced to go without basic things like sanitary pads during their period which makes it often a shameful and traumatic experience.

Started after founder Rochelle Courtenay read about the indignities these women faced on a monthly basis in an article on Mamamia, Share The Dignity raises funds throughout the year and holds regular drives for sanitary items as well as an #ItsInTheBag collection to give women in need a gift at Christmas time.

Listen: Rochelle Courtenay talks about Share The Dignity with Mia Freedman on No Filter. 

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There are currently two limited edition designs in the Handbags With Heart range both named after women the program has helped.

The 'Jane' is a chic, vegan friendly tote bag with long straps, zip and multiple inside pockets. It's named after an enormously courageous woman who ended up in a domestic violence refuge on Christmas Day 2015 with her two young sons.

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The 'Jane'. Image: Share The Dignity

She was overwhelmed to discover she had a Christmas gift from Share The Dignity which contained basics many of us take for granted - a toothbrush, shampoo, a scarf and a $20 clothing voucher. After she'd got her sons to a new school, Jane went to the store and bought herself a new dress, which she then wore to a job interview as she attempted to set up a new life for herself. She got the job.

The 'Paula' is a slouchier version with a long strap that can be worn over the shoulder or across the body.

The original Paula suffers from debilitating endometriosis which means she can't work or leave the house without assistance for four out of five weeks. Every spare cent that comes her way is spent on sanitary products and attempting to manage her condition.

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Image: Share The Dignity

She said the gift of basic toiletries allowed her to feel valued and proud of herself for the first time in years.

The bags will set you back just under $50, but to so many vulnerable women in Australia their help is priceless.

Even better, you can buy one for yourself, as a gift or choose to donate one.

To purchase visit Share The Dignity's online store.

 

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