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UNFPA donates dignity kits to women, adolescent girls in CK

Written by  Steve Chirombo


Adolescent girls shine with UNFPA's donations  

Chikwawa, March 8: The United Nations Fund for Population Agency (UNFPA) on Friday donated dignity kits to hundreds of pregnant and adolescent girls displaced by floods in Chikwawa.

The distribution campaign being championed by the Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children (Cavwoc), targets three districts of Phalombe, Nsanje and Chikwawa.

The items donated included bathing as well as washing tablet soap, 4 meters chitenje cloth, menstrual pads, and a bucket to each beneficiary.

According to UNFPA’s National Gender Officer, Beatrice Kumwenda, her organization was aware of the numerous forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) acts women and girls were being subjected to, hence the intervention.

The beginning of adult literacy lessons 

"We thought it wise that we provided support to our women who are living in these camps such that we have managed to erect other special tents that are meant for pregnant women alone.

"We also have a tent that will be used by women to acquire various skills such as knitting and at the same time we have introduced adult literacy lessons targeting women most of whom have enough time to attend during afternoon hours,” she explained.

Kumwenda noted that the shelters will also allow women and adolescent girls to discuss GBV issues openly so that they get the required assistance from authorities.

On her part, Cavwoc’s Director, Joyce Phekani commended UNFPA for the project, noting that it would help mainstream GBV issues in camps where issues of sexual violence were reportedly on the increase.

“I am sure we will have women with comfortable lives because what we have done here will enable them interact through adult literacy as well as acquiring skills through various activities such as knitting because they have lived an idle life for some time.

“We have also provided some dignity kits to women as well as adolescent girls in order to make them comfortable and live a health life,” explained Phekani.

Rose Richard, a beneficiary, commended UNFPA’s initiative. She was hopeful that the items will improve their livelihoods.

The donations were made a Bereu, Tizola and Jombo camps, among others. The project is to the tune of K13 million.

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