Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe’s female employees have raised over 900 packets of disposable and 2 500 packets of non-disposable sanitary napkins for donation to disadvantaged girls in rural areas.
To complement their efforts, the Bank has pledged to match the number of pieces collected through the female employees’ initiative.
Stanbic Bank Chairperson, Gregory Sebborn applauded the ladies for coming up with “a worthy initiative” saying the financial institution will make this an annual activity going forward.
“I would like to commend the ladies of Stanbic Bank for coming up with an initiative such as this one targeting at providing dignity, self-respect and confidence to the disadvantaged girls living in rural communities.
“It is a fact that there is no force like a woman unleashed and the principle of such an initiative will definitely encourage the young girls to confidently face their day to day encounters,” said Sebborn.
This gesture comes as child-focused organizations such as UNICEF and UNFPA have flagged menstruation as one of the leading challenges faced by disadvantaged girls.
Stanbic Bank Head of Human capital, Nyasha Mutsai, thanked the bank, women and men who contributed to the success of the exercise saying it will go a long way to help girls stay in school together with their male counterparts.
“These girls will be able to stay in school together with their male counterparts every day of the school term and they will not miss out even during that time of the month. We are extremely grateful to Stanbic Bank for the support and for going the extra mile,
“Our Standard Bank South Africa counterparts led by our Regional Chief Executive, Pindie Nyandoro, also joined in our campaign and contributed generously towards this cause and we are grateful for their support”, added Mutsai.
The sanitary products are due to be distributed to girls in different parts of the country particularly rural areas.