Zim women honoured

Betty Makoni, Director and founder of Girl Child Network, and Bekezela Nsingo, CEO and founder of African Mothers Foundation International, were rewarded at the inaugural Women4Africa Awards for their hard work and tireless activism on behalf of Zimbabwean women and girls.

Bekezela Nsingo – empowering one girl at a time.
Bekezela Nsingo – empowering one girl at a time.

This is the first public awards ceremony dedicated solely to African Women in the Western world and Commonwealth. African Mothers Foundation International links communities in Wales and Zimbabwe to help end global poverty by educating girls.

“Many schools are in great need of supplies, infrastructure, and staff to support girls, and this organisation was founded to ensure that girls receive the investment and recognition they deserve as powerful agents of change within their own families, communities and nations,” Nsingo told The Zimbabwean.

“Thousands of girls are growing up without the chance to be children – they are not fed, cared for, or guided because they are busy caring for HIV-affected parents or coping with a parent’s death. These girls are at high risk of physical abuse, child labour, sexual exploitation, trauma, and of contracting HIV. They are also more likely to drop out of school and less likely to access health care, social support, or legal protection than boys.

“We focus on longer-term projects. Our Keep Girls in School Campaign works to improve access to basic education while the Restoring Dignity Campaign aims to stop ridicule, to reduce infections amongst women and girls, and to increase girls’ attendance in school. The programme will provide training and materials to produce cheap, environmentally friendly reusable sanitary pads. This gives women and young girls in local communities with vital access to affordable, hygienic sanitary wear whilst securing an income for vulnerable women and their dependents.” To donate please text AMFI31 £5 to 70070.

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