Female empowerment through training

A local organisation has started training women in health education, HIV/AIDS awareness and how to hand make sanitary ware, as part of a workshop targeting rural women.

Executive Director, Linda Guzha, with local trainer, Nobuhle Moyo.
Executive Director, Linda Guzha, with local trainer, Nobuhle Moyo.

Days for Girls International last week conducted the training course that was attended by 51 women drawn from the country‘s seven provinces. Linda Guzha, the organisation’s Executive Director for Zimbabwe, said the participants would go on to train other women in order to educate the female population on issues of hygiene.

“We have started the programme in seven provinces and we will be taking it to other provinces as part of our initiative to empower women,” said Guzha.

Guzha said the programme was targeting mainly rural women who could not afford to buy sanitary pads.

“Too many girls drop out of school because they cannot afford to go to school without sanitary wear. Some have resorted to using stones, newspapers, corn cobs and bark which cause infection,” she said.

One of the trainees, Nobuhle Moyo from Matabeleland South, said the training had empowered her and she has since started training women to make washable cloth feminine hygiene kits.

“This training has changed my life. The hygiene kits we have enable us to save a lot of money,” she said.

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