English translation provided by community member amys
Talking about the leadership of women is to also make a reference to the people who have encouraged us during periods of discouragement that we been through as the leader in charge of a woman’s association called ‘actions des femmes solidaires pour les droits et le développement’ - actions of women in support of rights and development. I would like to tell a story of a woman who helped me move forward despite the difficulties, the limits, over the course of my work with rural women.
Neema Namadamu is that woman, who I look up to today, she does great things for girls and women in her country. I have benefited from her actions and I don’t want to keep quiet about the good work that this woman does for other women in the DR Congo.
Lately she has made an impact on me through her project " jibu safi kwa elimu ya wasichana”; a project that takes into account the specific needs of women and young girls. In Itombwe girls stop going to their classes because during their menstrual period they don’t have towels to protect themselves. The majority of girls don’t have access to education due to a lack of pads, women who give birth use rags to protect themselves, but that doesn’t help. You can easily see the blood running on women and young girls. The project consists of making sanitary towel kits by hand. These kits are made up of 2 pairs of knickers, 8 liners, 2 shields and a small pack pack. See photos.
This project has come to respond to the specific needs of these women and girls in Itombwe; the province of South Kivu is large and the need is large. It is felt mainly by girls and women in rural areas. We women who run organisations that help women and girls in rural areas are launching an appeal to people who want to help so that we can organise an expansion of the activities of the project started by Neema Namadamu to other territories in the South Kivu province.
Coordinator of the AFeSoDD