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First Lady stands against child marriage

First Lady 'Masekoalana Majoro

Dec. 19, 2020 2 min read

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THE First Lady ’Masekoalana Majoro says child marriage puts the girl child at a major risk as young girls are not yet physically mature and early sexual activities bring many threats of damage to their developing bodies.

She said her office is therefore ready to start campaigning against early and forced marriage of children in Lesotho.

This, Mrs Majoro said on December 14 during an event that was held in Linakaneng, Botha-Bothe where 300 girls received dignity kits to help them improve cleanliness.

The plan was also meant to help young women and girls maintain their dignity during humanitarian crises.

The situation, Mrs Majoro also noted cannot be overlooked, adding there has to be a solution that will change innocent lives.

She therefore appealed to all the relevant governing structures at the community level, to join forces against early and forced marriage of girls, noting that it is a serious issue requiring firm resolutions.

Speaking at the same event, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative to Lesotho, Dr Marc Derveeuw said preserving dignity is essential to maintaining self-esteem and confidence.

This he said is important to coping in stressful and potentially overwhelming situations, while supporting women’s self-esteem and confidence.

Dr Marc said the UNFPA ensures continuity of sexual and reproductive health and rights, as part of essential health services during COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNFPA he said works together with other stakeholders to reduce the impact of gender based violence and harmful practices including teenage pregnancies.

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On behalf of the girls who received the dignity kits, ’Malehloa Nkholi thanked the donor for their support, adding that she and other girls were unable to attend schools because they did not have hygiene kits.

“Most of us stay at home because we do not have sanitary towels to use when we go to school,” she said.

Ms Nkholi said the donation means a lot to them, adding that the kits are going to make a huge difference in their lives.

The distribution of dignity kits to vulnerable women and girls is part of the cross-sectoral emergency response meant to protect the drought-affected populations across the country.



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