Betty Makoni calls upon the National Government of Unity in Zimbabwe to subsidise baby food and give free sanitary pads to disadvantaged girls
I want to urge the Government of National Unity in Zimbabwe to urgently put on agenda two issues in budget to be presented by Minister Tendai Biti on Thursday 24 November 2011
As per appeal made via my social networking site there is a desperate outcry from mothers who earn less than 200 dollars per month for government to reduce costs on baby food and ensure they work hand in hand with producers of such products to make them affordable. I advise UNICEF in Zimbabwe and other donor agencies to make this issue an urgent matter and wherever possible create platforms at grassroots level where affected groups could be heard and assisted in such urgent matters pertaining to children , their health and nutrition. Babies depend on recommended foods during their infancy.
Statement below sums up the urgent request from grassroots women
Tryphine Musokota Hi, Betty can someone campaign for baby food to be reduced how can formula cost us $8.00 and Cerelac cost us $5.00 this is too much consider we are getting $200.00 can we have a voice to all breast feeding mums here in Zim tarwadziwa
The situation has not improved as many girls are so desperate to an extent they are now imitating sticks as tampoons with many using used newspapers , leaves and hair to manage menstruation. We want to hear the Minister of Finance allocating as little as 50 000 dollars for girls who have started making renewable sanitary pads in rural areas so that such sustainable projects can be replicated.
Budget Presentation Postponed to Thursday 24th November
The Minister of Finance has announced the second postponement of the presentation of his Budget Statement for 2012, from this afternoon until Thursday afternoon, commencing at 2.45 pm. The reason given was that following a meeting of the GPA principals yesterday rescheduling of the principals’ commitments made a further postponement of the Budget necessary.
This petition is submitted by
Muzvare Betty Makoni
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Child Network Worldwide
CNN Hero for Protecting the Powerles-2009
Honorary Decade Child Rights Hero-2010
Girl Child Rights Activist
Founder of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe