Dignity kits help women men and girls to maintain their dignity during humanitarian crises. Preserving dignity is essential to self-esteem and confidence and critical to protection, including GBV risk mitigation and response.

In the aftermath of the conflict experienced by women, men and girls need basic items to interact comfortably and safely in public. They also need access to personal hygiene, particularly menstrual hygiene. Without access to culturally appropriate clothing and hygiene items, the mobility of women and girls is restricted. Their health and safety can also be compromised. As a result, they might be unable to seek basic services including health services.

Purpose Dignity kits help women and girls by:

  • Providing information about hygiene, reproductive health, GBV related issues, and services though the inclusion of health and protection information;
  • Improving mobility of women and girls by providing specific sanitary items. In some contexts, mobility can also be enhanced by including items such as clothes or a covering
  • Contributing to the psychosocial and physical wellbeing of women and girls, by including items such as intimate wash and pads which help women and girls maintain appropriate hygiene and feel comfortable


  • Face cloth
  • Panties (small, med or large – no g-strings and no writing) or underpants for men
  • Sanitary towels (individually sealed and not large pack with open as we place 3 in each bag)
  • Soap (preferably bars)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo (travel size)
  • Deodorant (spray) for women and men
  • Comb or brush
  • Hairclips and hairbands
  • Body lotion
  • Small notebook and pen
  • Tissues (small packs)
  • Sweet – energy sweet i.e. SuperC or glucose (no chocolates as these melt in the bags)
  • Small bottled water
  • Lip balm or small Vaseline
  • Note – words of comfort/care
  • Handbag for ladies and backpack or kitbag for men