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 Anambra receives 500 dignity kits from UNFPA

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Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, Thursday, received dignity kits from United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA).

This followed the call from the state government for development partners, charitable organisations and public-spirited individuals to donate toward the needs of victims of flood in the state.

 The event which took place at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Awka, saw UNFPA hand over about 500 dignity kits to the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Madam Ify Obinabo as part of the package to respond to the needs of women and girls affected by the flood crisis.

Appreciating the gesture of UNFPA, Obinabo assured that the consignments will get to the appropriate persons.

” In as much as some of the flood victims have gone back to their various homes, they went back with nothing so these kits will be of great support to them.

” On behalf of umunwayi ndi Anambra, I thank you immensely for this wonderful gesture. Just like Oliver Twist, we look forward to receiving more interventions from you.”

She also called for continued partnership with UNFPA in providing and protecting the rights of women and children in the state.  

Humanitarian Coordinator of UNFPA, Mr Macaulay Sabum Christian stated that women and girls are worse hit when disasters like floods occur because of their vulnerability, adding that

three  out of every 10 women are already victims of gender based violence and this current flood situation makes it even worse.

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He noted that the United Nations Population Fund has the mandate to support the state government in every emergency to put in place protection and responsive channels in addressing issues of gender base violence.

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