Erongo Police help needy women with sanitary pads

02 Feb 2017 15:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 02 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Women’s Network in the Erongo Region is indetifying women and girls who can benefit from sanitary pads.
Chief Inspector Johanna van Rooyen, the head of the network, told Nampa on Wednesday they plan to roll out the assistance project in the region later this year.
“We want to show the community that we care, that we are humans and that we are not just here to arrest people but we also fulfil our social responsibility,” said Van Rooyen.
She said they target female inmates, women in police holding cells and underprivileged learners at schools in rural areas.
Van Rooyen said financing for the project is sourced at fundraisers and contributions from police officers, but support from the private sector is needed.
Sergeant Gift Kahiha told Nampa the same day that they would appreciate assistance from the private sector and individual community members.
Kahiha said with such support they are able to help many women and girls in the region.
“We also call upon those in need to approach our offices to register so that when we get something, they can benefit,” she said.
The network also assists force members with money for family funerals and birthdays, and raise awareness on gender-based violence, rape and the consequences of such crimes.
Women officers also receive support from the network when acquiring drivers’ licences and are motivated to complete tertiary studies.