In celebrating the 2021 International Women's Day, CEFLife is determined to touch the lives of vulnerable girls and women in the North West Region of Cameroon by promoting proper and sustainable menstrual hygiene. We have realized that, due to the ongoing Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West, women and girls are forced to displace from their homes. A good number of women have moved to the bushes and others to urban areas for safety. Consequently they have completely lost their source of livelihood and have become more vulnerable. They have limited access to clean sanitary pad to take care of their period. They depend on humanitarian assistance and host communities for survival.
In response to this disheartening situation, we distributed dignity kits and COVID-19 packs to 25 internally displaced women. This year 2021, we plan to train, sew,and distribute at least 500 reusable pad to these women including indigenous women, women and girls with disabilities. So far, we have produced 200 reusable pad. Our first training and distribution for this year will begin next week with the 20 indigenous girls and women of Old Town,Bamenda.
Our goal is to improve knowledge and access to proper menstrual hygiene products needed by women/girls to safely manage their period. This will also help in creating a definite change in attitude towards safer menstrual hygiene management, reproductive health rights, sexual behaviour, and more awareness of gender issues. We will train these women on live skill income generating activities like; production of detergent ( powder soap, liquid soap, medicated soap and bleach).
Being aware of the prevalence of COVID- 19 pandemic, we continue to sensitize women on the preventive measured put in place by the competent authorities.
At this point, we would like to appreciate those who support us financially and materially. We continue to lobby for more donations, so that together we can make a difference and change.
Fanka Maurine SC
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