Dignity kits for Otweya residents

More needs to be done to restore women's dignity.

24 November 2020 | Local News

Immanuel Wilfred; Mayor; “We should condemn violence in our society and do better to protect our women and children.”

Walvis Bay

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) donated 1 300 dignity (hygiene) kits valued at N$127 000 to the residents of Otweya in Kuisebmond.

UNFPA donated these kits to girls and women between the ages of 10 and 49 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic being declared a State of Emergency and the devastating fire that ripped through Twaloloka (now Otweya).

The sanitary supplies will assist women and girls to maintain hygiene.

The dignity kits are intended for vulnerable pregnant and lactating women, vulnerable adolescent girls, vulnerable women and girls living with disabilities.

Each kit contain two packs of sanitary napkins, two bathing soaps, a face cloth, a washing basin, dish liquid soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush.

According to Sheila Roseau, UNFPA country representative, the organisation is working closely with government to ensure that women and girls are protected from natural and man-made disasters.

“Support is always given in terms of providing shelter, but often hygiene items which are deemed necessary, are forgotten. It may sound like a small donation, but I know that to a young girl it might mean the world.”

Roseau added UNFPA is committed to ending gender-based violence.

“It is worrisome to see the number of gender-based violence cases rising daily. I implore you to report any cases of violence for adequate response, medical attention or psychological support. The services are there to protect and help you.”

She also encouraged young ladies and woman to take care of themselves and join the struggle to end gender-based violence.

Walvis Bay mayor, Alderman Immanuel Wilfred, expressed his gratitude towards the UNFPA for the donation and appealed to men to do their part in restoring the dignity of women.

“Every day we read about rape and violence against our women. We should condemn this violence in society and do better to protect our women and children. It is not safe for our women.”

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