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. Right now, we have two 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.
We have one project in Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mirpur is an area where many textile workers who produce clothes for Lindex live. In this project, facilities for clean water and proper toilets are built for the residents and school students. School students receive education regarding sanitation and menstrual hygiene. Women get opportunities through entrepreneurial groups, that are created and developed to over time maintain the improvements made through the project.
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 840 million people lack access to clean water and almost 2.3 billion people lack access to decent toilets. It is a silent disaster and it affects women and girls the most by limiting their opportunities to get an education and their ability to fulfil their potential. In many communities, women and girls are 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.