BOV staff, even those who work remotely, recently ditched their work clothes and went to work in purple and raised funds to help vulnerable women who, due to domestic violence, homelessness and other challenges such as substance abuse, mental health, relationship and family issues, are forced to live in shelters.
Staff came together in a collective effort to raise funds during the disguise initiative which was itself a symbol of commitment to gender equality and the fight against abuse.
“At Bank of Valletta, we believe it is our duty to help the community as much as possible. The pandemic has brought gender inequality to light, and this is even more evident in the number of women seeking shelter from abusive conditions, ”said Claudette Pace of BOV PR and Marketing.
The pandemic shed light on gender inequalities
The fundraising initiative was part of the Bank’s ESG commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aimed at eliminating gender inequalities and poverty. The bank supplemented the funds raised by its staff and donated it to Dar Merħba Bik, Dar Maria Dolores and Dar Tereża Spinelli, three shelters that strive to help women achieve their dignity and independence.
“Right now we are all going through difficult times, but for these women the pandemic has added additional hardships. We hope that our contribution will alleviate the suffering suffered by vulnerable women and we encourage other businesses and individuals to follow the example of our staff, ”continued Pace.
“Such shelters give a lot of dedication and support to vulnerable women, protecting them from crime and abuse while providing a safe space until they get back on their feet and find an independent and stable life free from abuse.”
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