Treat Evacuation Camps Returnees Equally

18, 538 people of the 28, 385 people affected by both Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe in Mulanje are women 18, 538 people of the 28, 385 people affected by both Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe in Mulanje are women - file photo

Government has urged chiefs and other gatekeepers to receive and treat equally people that are returning home from evacuation camps where they have spent two months.

Deputy Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma said this in Mulanje on Saturday when UNFPA distributed hygiene and dignity kits to 121 women and adolescent girls at PIM camp in Traditional Authority Nkanda.

Nkusa Nkhoma also spoke against segregation when distributing land to people to reconstruct their houses.

“Though there are no statistics on gender-based violence related to the recent disasters, there is need to continue sensitizing people about GBV in and outside evacuation camps,” said Nkusa Nkhoma.

UNFPA Deputy Country Representative Masaki Watabe said the organization has reprogrammed its activities to respond to disaster in the four districts of Mulanje, Phalombe, Chikwawa and Nsanje.

“On top of that we have mobilized over USD 300 000 from the United Nations Central Emergency Fund and these resources have been targeted to provide dignity kits to disaster affected women and adolescent girls as we have done today,” said Watabe.

According to Gender Officer at Mulanje District Council, 18, 538 people of the 28, 385 people affected by both Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe in Mulanje are women.

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