Umunthu FM Trains 20 Peer Motivators in Interpersonal Communication

Quality Menstrual Hygiene for Women and Girls with Disability Project

As part of Umunthu FM’  ongoing “Quality Menstrual Hygiene for Women and Girls with Disability Project,” recently conducted a two-day training for 20 peer motivators in interpersonal communication and advocacy in Kasungu.

The training focused on various aspects of communication such as effective channels of communication and delivering messages related to quality Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) to fellow women and girls with disabilities as well as addressing barriers to effective communication.

Wanangwa Tembo, Kasungu District Information Officer, led the session and emphasized the significance of assessing the situation and environment before delivering messages regarding quality menstrual hygiene practices to ensure they are well-received.

Georgina Nyirongo, one of the participants from the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Wimbe, commended Umunthu FM for the training stating it will greatly assist them in carrying out their duties effectively as peer motivators.

“We commend what Umunthu FM has done for equipping us with knowledge on how to communicate effectively on issues regarding menstrual hygiene. We believe with this knowledge we are going to reach out to our fellows to make sure that no one is left behind on issues of menstrual health,” she said.

Besides interpersonal communication, the participants were also trained in advocacy techniques where they were empowered to speak out on issues affecting them and engage relevant stakeholders.

During the training,  NICE Trust civic education officer for Kasungu district Pilirani Chaguza said it was high time for the marginalized people to voice out on issues that are haunting them and court local authorities on the same.

“We are empowering you to voice out on issues that affect you through the right channels at both local and district levels. We believe that with the knowledge you have gained on interpersonal communication issues of advocacy will not be a challenge,” said Chaguza.

The training also tackled Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), highlighting on rights to access SRHR  services and promoting hygiene practices during menstruation.

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