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UNFPA emphasises: Dignity First for women


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KATHMANDU: Manisha Koirala is the Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nepal that works for reproductive health and gender based violence prevention. She was at Tundikhel to launch its campaign — ‘Dignity First’.

“We want to emphasise the importance of dignity and that women have the right to dignity. Dignity needs to be restored,” shares UNFPA Representative Giulia Vallese adding, “We know that in the condition like this of natural disaster, violence and danger increases. Also, women are more at risk of dying due to reproductive related causes. We hear of miscarriages and premature labours. That is why we need to increase our response in reproductive health and gender based violence prevention.”

They are providing dignity kits which include “clothes, soap, flashlight, basic hygiene items” to restore the dignity of women who have lost everything. And the Tundikhel event was an awareness programme to highlight the importance of dignity.

How can we restore dignity of women? Their entry point to restore dignity of a woman is to “provide dignity kit. It has sari, petticoats and clothes. Lot of these women have lost everything. So, sometimes they are shy to come out to access the services. They can access the services if we give them something like that and sanitary pads for hygiene”.

Restoring dignity also includes making them aware, giving them services and counselling them to go back to their life and to live on which Vallese says, “It will take time.”

Despite many challenges like remoteness, UNFPA is working in all 14 affected districts, giving dignity kits and reproductive health kits with mobile camps. And they are also setting up female friendly spaces.

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