Photo caption: Girls from Sacred Heart Jesuit School in Banket were part of the beneficiaries.
In perpetuation of the bank’s sanitary wear drive, Stanbic has delivered on their promise to empower young girls based in rural communities. After raising over two thousand packets of reusable and disposable sanitary napkins through a campaign started by the bank’s female employees and supported by the bank’s corporate social investment efforts, the ladies have embarked on a distribution phase.
“We are excited and honoured to have had the chance to distribute reusable and disposable sanitary napkins to young girls at Donhodzo Primary and Secondary schools in Bindura, Sacret Heart School in Banket and Donhodzo Primary school in Chegutu”, said Nyasha Mutsai, the Bank’s head of Human Capital.
Over 350 girls have benefited from the campaign so far as women from the institution continue the distribution drive.
Nyasha added that the next port of call is Matebeleland where they will be handing over the sanitary essentials to young girls who have already been identified. “We also have branches in Bulawayo and we will be heading to a rural community very close to the City of Kings to assist girls who were identified by our fellow colleagues based in Bulawayo”, she said.
To instill more self confidence in the beneficiaries, Stanbic Bank partnered a women empowerment organization called Talia Women’s Network, to hold interactive sessions with the enthusiastic millennials, and to teach them how to use the reusable napkins.
Speaking at one of the handover ceremonies, the Managing Director for Talia Women’s Network, Mrs. Zakariya, emphasized the importance of families opening up to discuss issues of reproductive health such as menstruation as they are fundamental health topics.
She bemoaned the traditional barriers that still hinder sexual health discussions within families, and encouraged the young girls to feel free to discuss with their school teachers such as the Senior Woman, who have become important figures strategically placed to cover such gaps created by different cultural beliefs.
The Senior Woman for Sacred Heart School in Banket, Mrs. Marumisa, applauded the women of Stanbic Bank for proving to be such role models in communities where early marriages have become rampant.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the women of Stanbic Bank for coming to show these young ones that women can also be employed in big corporates and become successful career women. Most of our girls are getting married before they finish school and one of the reasons is that they are not aware that there is more to look forward to if they further their education”, said Mrs. Marumisa.