The women leaders of NAPP’s (Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers) Gender Leadership School have undeniably stood strong as fierce role models by taking the initiative to conduct a two day workshop for its workers and staff. Selected members from each department were oriented on the basic information of the disease, its associated symptoms and myths, and preventive measures to be adopted not only at their workplace but also at their homes and in their communities.
‘In the wake of the imminent spread of the COVID-19 virus epidemic and following government advice, we felt we had a responsibility towards the country and the workers as well. All possible precautions are being made to minimise the threat of this pandemic. We have made provisions of protective masks to all our workers. The masks are locally produced and disposable and we provide them on a daily basis. We have displayed awareness posters in different areas of the factory, imparted precautionary training to our workers and staff. Hand sanitisers and liquid soaps are kept in sufficient quantities in washrooms. In case of any symptoms, they are briefed to go on fully paid leave and to report to work only after they have fully recovered.’ Said Gayur Abbas, Fairtrade Officer- Ali Trading Company (Pvt) Ltd.
‘As a Gender Leadership School women leader, it was my moral and professional responsibility to play my role in the awareness building of co-workers especially women to ensure that the current outbreak of COVID-19 was responded to quickly and efficiently to prevent its further spread.’ Sumbal Shabir – HR Officer and Member at NAPP’s Gender School of Leadership.
Even though no cases of COVID-19 have been reported, preventive measures are already being taken against the virus spreading.
From the Fairtrade Foundation website and Fairtrade NAPP.