Print Edition - 2015-05-24  |  Earthquake Relief

Manisha to help quake-affected women and girls

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Manisha to help quake-affected women and girls

May 23, 2015-

The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nepal have launched Dignity First, a campaign to support pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and girls affected by the Great Earthquake.

Ministry Secretary Dhana Bahadur Tamang, UNFPA Nepal Goodwill Ambassador Manisha Koirala and UN Population Fund’s Representative for Nepal Giulia Vallese jointly launched the campaign at a function in Kathmandu on May 23.

“Each of us needs to be proactive in preserving the dignity of women and girls in an emergency situation,” said Tamang. He commended the role of the UNFPA and Koirala for popularising the campaign.

The campaign aims to distribute the Dignity Kit, which contains hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, sanitary pads and underclothes, to women and girls of reproductive age. The dignity kits also include safety items such as torch.

“I am proud to be associated with the UNFPA in my homeland, and pledge my support for the UN agency’s work now and in the future,” said Koirala.

Besides Kits, UNFPA provides a range of other services like creating women-friendly spaces to helping protect women and girls while they are at camps, providing them with reproductive health services like contraceptives, medicine and other supplies.

“The challenges in responding to the earthquake are huge,” said Giulia Vallese.

Some 1.4 million women of reproductive age have been affected by the earthquake across the 14 most-affected districts, which are currently being prioritised by UN agencies in agreement with the government. Of these women, an estimated 93,000 are pregnant, of whom 10,300 are expected to deliver within a month.

In addition, more than 28,000 women may be at risk of gender-based violence, claims UN body.

Published: 24-05-2015 06:50

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