Women and water are essential in Lindex sustainability work. The two focus areas are connected in many ways as women and girls are the most affected by lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation. We have a long-term collaboration with WaterAid and support their work in improving access to clean water and sanitation for world’s poorest communities.
More than 840 million people lack access to clean water and almost 2.3 billion lack access to decent sanitation. Diseases caused by dirty water kills more people each year than all forms of violence, including war. This is a silent disaster that affects women and girls the most and it must come to an end. Access to clean water and sanitation is not only a human right. It is dignity.
Lindex has been a partner to WaterAid since 2014 and in 2018 we deepened the collaboration with a three-year joint project. In this project we will together with WaterAid improve the access to clean drinking water and sanitation as well as improved hygiene in Mirpur. Mirpur is an area in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where many textile workers who produce clothes for Lindex live. In the area few people have access to clean water and decent toilets. This leads to both health issues and security risks where women and girls are particularly affected. Through the collaboration between Lindex and WaterAid, the residents and school students in the area will get access to clean water and sanitation. The project also includes education in the schools regarding sanitation and menstrual hygiene, with local partners. Women and girls are especially involved in the project by being part of newly launched entrepreneurial groups and groups that will spread knowledge about hygiene. The project has three main goals that are to be achieved by 2020:
- Increased access to clean drinking water and sanitation as well as improved hygiene, in schools and areas in Mirpur.
- Contribute to girls working towards improved hygiene habits in Mirpur, through education and groups that will spread knowledge about hygiene.
- Create and develop women entrepreneurship to over time maintain the improvements made through the project.
The project is financed with surplus from Lindex sales of shopping bags, in line with the initiative One Bag Habit. One Bag Habit aims at reducing the consumption of shopping bags, increase the awareness of plastic bags negative environmental impact and the surplus of the sales of bags is donated to causes that drive sustainable development. Read more about One Bag Habit here.
WaterAid is an international organisation working for a world where everybody has access to clean water and sanitation. Every year the organisation changes lives for millions of people through increased access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities. WaterAid works with local partners for sustainable and long-term solutions, and influences decision makers to increase efforts for these basic needs on national and global levels. WaterAid works in 35 countries and since 1981, WaterAid has reached 26.8 million people with clean water and 26.8 million people with sanitation.