Women's March SLO announced Saturday it is launching a #WearAMaskSLOCounty campaign to promote the proper wear of face coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Campaign organizers say promoting wearing a mask in public is "a community service that will protect especially the most vulnerable populations," according to a news release sent to KSBY.
"According to data, women are disproportionately affected due to existing social and economic inequalities," said Women's March SLO organizers. "While both men and women are suffering the economic fallout of the virus across the world, women are more likely to live in poverty, earning smaller paychecks and thus have smaller savings, and are more likely to be in precarious jobs. The bulk of unpaid labor, including childcare and eldercare, also falls on women."
The organization says it is calling on local elected officials, other organizations and the San Luis Obispo County community to share their initiative with family and friends.
Community members interested in joining the #WearAMaskSLOCounty campaign can email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.