Basic needs come first and without access to clean water and sanitation, women will not be able to fulfil their potential. To support the work in improving access to clean water and sanitation all over the world, we collaborate with WaterAid.
Being a water responsible company is part of our sustainability promise for future generations and we have collaborated with WaterAid for several years to support their work in improving access to clean water and sanitation. We have several joint projects with WaterAid. The projects are financed with surplus from Lindex’s sales of shopping bags, in line with the initiative One Bag Habit.
Gazipur is an area in Dhaka, Bangladesh where many textile workers who produce clothes for Lindex live. In this project, facilities for clean water, hand washing and proper toilets are installed for residents and school students. The project includes training on sanitation and hygiene and raising awareness about reducing the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the project aims to have a positive impact on the ground water situation by advocating rain water harvesting in textile factories connected to the area.
Mirpur is an area where many textile workers who produce clothes for Lindex live. The three-year project in Mirpur was finalised in March 2021 and has exceeded all its goals on number of people reached. Through the project, Lindex and WaterAid has provided access to clean drinking water and toilets for more than 6.500 people, and reached 7 000 people with information on hygiene and sanitation. Due to the pandemic, the project increased its focus on health and hygiene training that could reduce the spread and save lives. The project has also resulted in training of 100 young women to act as long term change agents and organise information efforts related to health and hygiene in the community.
We also have a project in Yangoon, Myanmar. In this project, clean drinking water facilities and proper toilets in communities and schools are being installed. Empowering and mobilising women and girls to spread knowledge and lead the change in their communities is an important part of the project. The project also aims to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions for textile workers in factories, who are mostly women.
Did you know that diseases caused by dirty water kills more people each year than all forms of violence, including war? Over 785 million people lack access to clean water and almost 2 billion people lack access to decent toilets. It is a silent disaster and it affects women and girls the most by limiting their opportunities and ability to fulfil their potential. In many communities, something as natural as menstruation becomes a limit for women’s opportunities to get an education. And when lacking access to clean water in their neighbourhoods, women and girls are often the ones who are responsible for finding and getting water. Every day, millions of women walk for hours to get water, which means they have no time left to go to work, go to school or engage in their community.