President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday launched a reusable pads project in a bid to boost women’s standards of living, The Herald reports.
According to the publication, the pads will be distributed countrywide to vulnerable communities and distributed for free.
Speaking at the launch of the project which was part of her work at the Angel Of Hope Foundation in collaboration with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Auxillia Mnangagwa said:
Here in Zimbabwe, it is estimated that a girl needs as much as the equivalent of US$2 per month to buy sanitary wear every month, yet not all families can afford this. Therefore, pads should be readily accessible and affordable to all women and girls.
It is, therefore, imperative that all our communities, development partners, business sector and other interested parties cooperate in providing a holistic approach to menstrual hygiene management.
Mnangagwa also thanked the people she worked with on the project and said:
They worked tirelessly and passionately towards the success of this project. The major aim of our efforts was to fulfil the major principles of Angel of Hope Foundation, which are: to support disadvantaged women and youth in gaining resources they need to be income secure and earn a dignified life and to respond to communities by addressing both economic and social vulnerabilities to enable them to cope with economic demands in life
During the launch, Women’s Affairs, Gender, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni praised the first lady and said she brought a solution to a long-standing problem:
Those in the marginalised and hard to reach areas find it difficult to afford or access the sanitary wear, therefore, this initiative on reusable pads by Amai offers a long lasting solution. Lack of it presents a number of challenges to the girls.
Auxillia does charity work countrywide using her foundation The Angel Of Hope Foundation.
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