By Alieu Kondoh

The United Nations (UN) Women in collaboration with the German Cooperation led by the German Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E Horst Gruner has held a two-day showing solidarity and support program to the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in Pujehun and Bo Districts.

The first of the two days solidarity support was held at the Pujehun District Council where UN Women distributed 100 radios, face masks and bags to school going girls and also gave out 150 food baskets that contain rice, onions, sugar and tomato to female headed homes in Pujehun District.

In his welcome address, the Deputy Chairman of the Pujehun District Council, Mohamed N. Manasaray said it was a historic day in the history of Pujehun District.

He expressed appreciation for the gesture by UN Women and the German Cooperation on behalf of the people of Pujehun District, described it as a timely and necessary gesture.

The Executive Director of Action for Community Task in Pujehun District, Saudatu Leigh thanked UN Women for the support to their girls and women.

She continued that the women and the girls are the worst hit during this Covid-19 pandemic, noting that they are gratified for the support.

She applauded UN Women for creating the One Stop Centre at the Pujehun Maternity Hospital noting that it is the right step in the right direction as Pujehun is one of those districts that have been deprived for a long time.

She urged UN Women to provide more support to women and girls in the district.

The Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Germany, H.E. Horst Gruner in his statement said that in celebrating 30 years of the German reunification, they thought it fit to share with women and girls who have suffered the most during the global pandemic.

He mentioned that the German government took up diplomatic relations with Sierra Leone immediately after independence in 1961, and that since then they have been helping Sierra Leone.

He revealed that the solidarity support costs the 50,000 euros.

The Country Director for UN Women, Mary Okumu in her address said that the gesture is a solidarity support to Pujehun District as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She maintained that Pujehun has 60% of households that are female headed, saying that in the context of Covid-19 those households would suffer a little more as a result of vulnerability.

She added that Pujehun District has high cases of early marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone, so locating Pujehun was the right choice, she maintained.

The event in Bo was held at the Commit and Act Foundation, a foundation where girls that are abused are being looked after.

UN Women and the German Ambassador commended the Executive Director of Commit and Act, Hannah Bockarie for the work she is doing. 100 radios were distributed to the girls of the foundation to help in their studies.