When the leaves start to change colour and night time temperatures drop, most people pull a coat out of their closet & put another blanket on their beds. It’s the things most of us take for granted in our lives that our homeless neighbours need the most. To people, who literally carry their life possessions in a backpack or a few plastic bags, having new clothing or a blanket to wrap around themselves to keep warm means a lot.

  Billion Women distribute ‘Dignity Kits’ to women sleeping rough on the streets. Dignity kits contain basic hygiene and sanitary items, as well as a small blanket and under clothing to help women and girls maintain their basic hygiene needs while sleeping rough on the streets. “This is not a luxury, they are basic needs for every woman” says Mani Kaur Bajwa, founder of Billion Women. Dignity kits help homeless women and girls maintain their dignity during a very challenging time in their life. Our team will be handing out winter dignity kits in October.

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Our team distributing dignity kits to homeless women in London.

The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015). Homeless women are even more vulnerable on the street than men. Research by Crisis, the homelessness charity, found 58% of women sleeping rough had been intimidated or threatened with violence and force in the past 12 months compared to 42% of men.

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