In commemoration of the international women’s month, female employees from the Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe have initiated a project to mobilize sanitary wear to donate to disadvantaged women and girls in rural areas across the country.
In a statement, Stanbic Bank Head of Human Capital, Nyasha Mutsai said the initiative was aimed at assisting those disadvantaged women who cannot afford proper sanitary wear.
“We have requested all the ladies of Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe to bring in a packet or packets of sanitary pads, cotton wool or maternity pads,
“We will centralize the Harare office and branch donations but decentralize the rest of the out of Harare branch donations to allow all the communities in which we are present to benefit from this initiative,” said Mutsai.
Research has shown that women and girls in rural communities face challenges when it comes to accessing sanitary products for menstrual hygiene to the extent that they are forced to resort to using unhygienic material.
“We are also concerned when we hear of women and girls using unhygienic and hazardous options because cervical cancer has become a painful reality which maybe triggered by such,
“In line with this year’s theme #PressforProgress, we have noted that this may be a difficult call for our female counterparts in rural settings due to the lack of confidence caused by lack of proper sanitary wear during one of their most uncomfortable times,
“We have made it our call to reach out to the number of women we can and make a difference in their lives,” added Mutsai.
According to Mutsai, sanitary products will be collected from all branches across the country during the donations period.
Recent statistics by SNV Netherlands Development organization estimates that seven in 10 girls in rural primary schools that menstruate have no access to sanitary pads in Zimbabwe, a trend attributed primarily to the acute economic challenges the country is facing, which have left many families without sustainable income bases.
According to health experts, using things like rags, and leaves can result in thrush, urinary tract infections, cancer, among other diseases.