Nsingo launches plan to empower girls

Women and girls will always come first for Bekezela Nsingo, who has won a number of international awards for her humanitarian work.

Bekezela Nsingo: agent for women’s empowerment.
Bekezela Nsingo: agent for women’s empowerment.

Not only is she passionate about the importance of women’s empowerment, but the African Mothers Foundation International benefactor has initiated a number of projects that put her energy and money where her mouth is.

Filabusi-born Nsingo recently moved part of her focus to preparing girls for the gruelling jungle of having to live independently from men when they reach adulthood. Part of that grand plan will come to effect with the Girls First Concert, to be held here next month. She also calls it the “First Concert for change” and hopes it will stimulate a paradigm shift of both traditional and social norms.

Held to celebrate the UN General Assembly’s International Day of the Girl Child, the concert’s long-term aim is to lay a strong foundation for independent, honourable African women.

“The event will include educational workshops and presentations addressing the key issues girls and young women face – education, employment, social factors, sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking – and to raise the aspirations of young women,” said Nsingo.

“The event will also inspire, educate and motivate girls to feel stronger, more aware and armed with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to spread the messages of girl power back to their schools, as many drop out, not because of school fees, but also during their menstrual periods. We want to raise awareness among communities and regions.

“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,” added Nsingo.

“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.

“At AMFI, 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 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.”[email protected]

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