Due to the worldwide Covid-19 crisis the planned water and pads events are blocked,
but IAW member organizations are instead organizing emergency activities for the fight against the
In Africa and Asia many people live in precarious conditions such as crammed housing and no easy access to water. In this case the general protection meeasures like social distancing and frequent handwashing cannot get implemented. Instead one has to rely on protective masks and on hand-disinfectants.
With the strict lock-down many women cannot produce vegetablesand other agricultural products, nor sell them on the markets. Without any income they cannot buy any food for their families, see the report from RUWON and the analysis by SOFEDEC.
12 June 2020
WOMEN COMFORT CORNER FOUNDATION Event near Harare Zimbabwe
A sensibilization campaign against Covid-19 in a joint action with Deutscher Frauenring and Swiss Women's Rights Association ADF-SVF suisse
Rita Marque Mbata, President of WCCF
"A covid-19 training was held by WCCF in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe with the support of ADF-SVF Suisse the Swiss and DFR the German IAW Affiliate Organizations. The workshop was held on 12 June, 2020. There was a delay in the convening of the workshop because the country was under lock down, and people were not allowed to congregate. Prior to the workshop Women’s Comfort Corner Foundation tested the temperatures of all the attendees who had registered to attend on a daily basis for a period of 14 days and demonstrated how to do a bleach solution, a method which was easily grasped by the participants..." read the whole report.
LA COLOMBE Events in Lomé Region Togo
Thérèse AKAKPO Adjoa, Coordinator of LA COLOMBE:
"... The Covid-19 disease affects the whole country but some regions are more affected than others... In fact, the most vulnerable social groups, especially rural women, are even more vulnerable. The Covid 19 pandemic and the decline in economic activities will accentuate the poverty of parents who get angry over a yes or no and pour their anger on the woman or the child. it is within this framework that ADF-SVF Switzerland and DFR Germany have shown their solidarity towards twenty vulnerable women by a donation with the aim of helping them to resist the crisis by providing the means to block the contamination channels; hand washing device, masks, soap, food kits..." read the whole report.
Subtitles of the photos (following the gallery) :
All girls and women live in precarious conditions
1.soap preparation session; 2. learning how to prepare soap; 3. girl-mother; 4. girl-mother trained in soap preparation now carrying her own production on her head; 5 samples of the prepared soap; 6.kit installed in front of the porridge gargot; 7.handwashing training; 8.handwashing training; 9.girl collecting foufou-plants; 10.girl-mother serving in a bar; 11.unemployed girl; 12 girl; 13.girl collecting foufou plants; 14 women selling porridge
RUWON Events in Kathmandu region Nepal
Goma Devi Bastola, President of RUWON
"With the partnership of the two IAW affiliate organizations RUWON Nepal recently carried out a very meaningful food distribution project in the Kathmandu district. The target of the project were women with babies and also girl-students who are totally dependent on their family. The families themselves are also dependent on the income of their daily work. But due to the lock-down they cannot go to the work.
With this support we have provided 15 kg rice, 2 kg lentils, 2 kg peas, 1 litre oil, 1 kg salt and 1 kg soybean to 15 women in Kathmandu...." read the whole report.
RENATA Events in Yaounde region Cameroon
Ms KAH Quinta BEI Executive Secretary of RENATA:
"In the context of the global pandemic, RENATA in partnership with Deutscher Frauenring DFR and Associations Suisse pour les droits des femmes ADF-SVF (two
organizations affiliated to the International Alliance of Women IAW) conducted five days of activities against the Covid-19 virus by manufacturing and distributing prevention materials (hydro
alcoholic gels, and protective masks) in the public community. The focus was on sensitization targets for adolescent girls and women. Three sites were contacted, namely Oman locality, Febe
village and Nkolngoan. We started the activities during two days with the manufacture of prevention materials (hydro alcoholic gel and masks) under the leadership of
the RENATA Executive Secretary...." read the whole report.
March - May 2020
SOFEDEC Events at Bukavu RD Congo
Anuarite Siirewabo, coordinator of SOFEDEC:
"We are doing a public awareness campaign.
We produce the material locally at the request of the Ministry of Health and our partners the SOS Children's Village (orphaned children and SOS workers) at Bukavu. We are carefully producing protective masks according to the official requirements. I am distributing some of them locally, but the big lot is taken in charge by official ministerial agencies... During the awareness-raising campaign many women say 'Let's learn to live with Covid-19!" Read more about the present critical situation - the analysis by SOFEDEC
March and April 2020
CEFAP Events at Yaounde region Cameroon
Anne Pelagie Yotchou, coordinator of CEFAP:
"...Our organization in collaboration with a youth association Global Youth Action has been mobilizing for many weeks. It's really terrible...Here is our poster prepared for awareness on COVID-19, symptoms, barrier gestures and other useful information such as encouraging people to go to the hospital at the first signs, because we have a lot of deaths here due to self-medication. People who experience just one of the symptoms do not go to the hospital for fear of being tested positive and being put in quarantine or under a treatment in confinement...." CEFAP hasalso produced hydro alcoholic disnifectants, created colourful protective masks and has also travelled to remote rural areas forCovid-19 awareness campaigns.
5-6 February 2020 Events at Shree Jana Jagriti Secondary School, Sindhuli District Nepal
Rural Women's Network Nepal RUWON could implement this very meaningful and interesting project...The girls who have reached the age of menstruation were provided
with an ecological sanitary kit and the educational booklet “ABC’s of being a Girl”...We have provided sanitary kits to 195 girls and school notebooks to all together 470 students of the school,
and we distributed the booklets for the girls and boys "Entering Womanhood”. Read the whole report
Photo: Goma Bestola RUWON president explains the project.
Goma Bestola, president of RUWON, demonstrates the use of pads at Shree Jana Jagriti Secondary School.
February 2020 Event at Epworth High School Zimbabwe
Girls and boys are telling about their experiences with Water and Pads Project
Tendai Marongwe and Chipo Phiri,
speakers for the girls
Getting our dignity back
The girls were concerned about the mostly young girls attending high school for the first time. Although the times are changing it is generally taboo in most homes, especially in rural areas, to speak about the issues related to menstruation. The girls expressed gratitude to the International Alliance of Women for providing oral guidance reinforced by the booklets with informative details about menstruation - read all here.
Deputy Head Boys
Menstruation & Menstrual Hygiene Management
Sanitary pads are more important to girls’ health because menstruation is a natural phenomenon. It is very essential for us as males to make sure that every girl is supplied with sanitary pads. Availability should be free to prevent the use of rugs infected bacteria which will result in avoidable health complications. It is important for the boys to support girls as their school mates or siblings during the menstrual periods and assist by buying pads...read all here.