Support for women and girls are crucial in the time of COVID-19, says Mayor of Gazipur

CARE Bangladesh is giving over 50,000 packs of sanitary napkins among disadvantaged communities affected by 9 COVID-19 in Gazipur. In coordination with Gazipur City Corporation and health authorities, CARE Bangladesh has been active in giving support to women and girls from disadvantaged communities who are specifically vulnerable in the present condition. A simple ceremony was organized in presence of senior officials from Gazipur City Corporation on July 13, 2020. 

Mayor of Gazipur City Corporation, Mr. Mohammad Zahangir Alam was present as chief guest in the occasion. He thanked CARE Bangladesh for standing beside women and girls from disadvantaged communities in the time of COVID-19.

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“Apart from raising awareness, CARE provided PPE and protective equipment for health professionals at the beginning of pandemic. I am happy to note that CARE is providing sanitary napkins with the support from Procter and Gamble”.

He further said that big portions of urban marginalized women and girls are working in garment industries, who will be able to maintain standard health and sanitary practices because of such combined efforts of government and non-government agencies.

While attending the event, Taslima Nasrin who is an elected female councilor of Ward 12 from Gazipur City Corporation said, “In this COVID-19 situation, we all have restrictions to go outside. In this difficult situation, many of our community girls and women are facing difficulty to buy sanitary napkin from shops outside. Decline in economic activity has also contributed to the sufferings of people from marginalized communities as well.  This support will be helpful for women and girls to maintain hygienic behavior amidst the pandemic situation”.  

Rubayyat Fatema Program Manager, HALOW+ Project of CARE Bangladesh delivered welcome speech while Aminul Islam, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Gazipur City Corporation was present as guest of honor in the event.

“Women and Adolescent face utmost difficulty during any disaster and it is true in the time of COVID-19 as well. While other agencies are providing traditional aid support, I would like to thank P& G and Care Bangladesh for considering items related to health of the women and girls”- said Aminul Islam. He also requested others to join in hands in order to support communities in the time of COVID-19.

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