During our October outreach in rural communities to uphold women's and girl's sexual rights two things were prominent. Violation of these rights as a result of poor health care facilities and social norms guiding their day to day existence.
The issue of health care facilities is something that needs the coming together of other stakeholders to achieve. we are still working on that.
Basic hygiene is something we can target now. We went back into the community to address some of these issues. In the villages bathing and washing of dresses are done in a stream. The men use the upper part of the stream which flows and comes down for women to do their washing and bathing too. My 2 days experience here left me with skin rash as well as vagina itches which makes me understand the plight of these women and girls.
We are therefore looking for support from other interested persons to enable us change the situation of these women by:
- Providing a decent bathing facility for them
- Carry out a screening and treat campaign for Vagina infections
- Set up a small scale antiseptic soap production center to help fight skin rashes