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Over one hundred women and girls to receive hygiene products from IWD initiative
By Serena Williams
Mar 15, 2021 - 2:18:26 PM

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Ladies of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank packed one-month worth of basic hygiene supplies for more than one hundred bags for women and girls in need. Photo Credit: ashley@serenawilliams-pr.com

Nassau, Bahamas – Across The Bahamas, there are instances where disadvantaged women and girls, some with disabilities and other special needs, have limited access to basic hygiene supplies.

This can have an impact on their education experience, access to work opportunities, participation and performance in society, and their human dignity overall.                                                     

In an effort to help ladies in need, CIBC FirstCaribbean recognized International Women’s Day by packaging a hundred hygiene kits and additional boxes of much-needed hygiene supplies purchased by the bank for distribution through the Dignified Girl Project (DGP).

Photo 2 Every year, the women of CIBC FirstCaribbean celebrate International Women’s Day by empowering and assisting women in the communities. This year, the bank partnered with the Dignified Girl Project. Photo Credit: ashley@serenawilliams-pr.com

The Dignified Girl Project has continued its efforts through the yearlong COVID-19 pandemic to try to ensure that every woman and adolescent girl has access to feminine hygiene essentials and education.

According to the non-profit organization’s founder, Mrs. Phillipa Dean, the packed kits and supplementary hygiene products donated by the bank will be received by women and girls in inner-city communities during an upcoming ‘pop-up’ that will adhere to social distancing protocols.

“For at least one month, over one hundred women and girls will not have to worry about where to get these basic supplies from,” said Mrs. Dean.

Included in the kits prepared by women of CIBC FirstCaribbean were menstrual products, deodorant sticks, toothbrushes and toothpastes.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, CIBC FirstCaribbean recently presented much-needed hygiene kits and supplies to Mrs. Phillipa Dean, Founder of the Dignified Girl Project (Centre). L-R: Nikia Christie, Marketing Manager; Gezel Farrington, Director of Retail Banking Channels; Phillipa Dean, Founder of the Dignified Girl Project; Glenda Whylly, Sr Manager in the Managing Director’s Office; Anne Ferguson, Sr. Human Resources Manager. Photo Credit: ashley@serenawilliams-pr.com

Mrs. Gezel Farrington, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director of Retail Banking Channels, said, “Economic challenges have a ripple effect on so many aspects of society. CIBC FirstCaribbean has continued to support food security initiatives as well as other community outreach activities and, for International Women’s Day, wanted to put a special focus on assisting women and girls in need.”

She added, “As individuals make financial cutbacks and adjustments now more than ever before due to the impacts of COVID-19, we believe that one aspect that should never be compromised is the access to and the use of feminine and other basic hygiene products.”

Mrs. Dean, who accepted the bank’s donation, underscored the integral role that donors have in the manifestation of the mission and vision of the Dignified Girl Project.

“Donors like CIBC FirstCaribbean make this possible, and what I love most is the fact that they are community-minded. They are concerned about people, some of whom are their clients. They are concerned about people’s needs and they are concerned about meeting these needs as best as they can.

“We can have as many volunteers in our organization as we desire but if we do not have the donors support and backing, then we cannot fill the need or demands that come into our organization,” she said.

Beyond giving women and girls access to products like those donated by CIBC FirstCaribbean, the Dignified Girl Project continues to educate adolescent girls about feminine health and hygiene while simultaneously destigmatizing menstruation in society.

With a distribution centre now open in Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, additional funding will go toward introducing the same to Abaco and Grand Bahama. Financial backing will also help the organization to increase data collection in The Bahamas, support DGP’s operational expenses and secure a physical space for its growing inventory.

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