©AfreePress-(Lomé, March 8, 2022)- International Women’s Rights Day is celebrated on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 around the world. To mark this event, the NGO “Initiative for Sustainable Development in Africa (IDDA)” initiated a jogging (running race at a moderate pace) for women members of the Association of Resellers of the African Market. ‘Agoè Assiyéyé (ARREM 2A).
Focused on the theme: “Women’s health for a powerful economy”, this sporting activity also enabled the leaders of the NGO IDDA to raise women’s awareness of environmental protection.
“We launched on December 1, 2021, the project called: sustainable management of the environment by the women of the Agoè Assiyéyé market. This project, supported by the Autonomous District of Grand Lomé and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), consists of bringing market women to practice sport. We have found that it is only our young people and our dads who play sports. The women are always at the market to sell and do not care enough about their health. Our project mobilizes these women around sports activities so that they are in good health. The particularity of the project is that at the same time as we practice sport, we carry out actions to protect the environment. So we took advantage of this special day to sensitize women on the protection of the environment and encourage them to adopt holy behaviors”, confided the Executive Director of the NGO IDDA Ms. ZEWU Akpénè.
The NGO Initiative for Sustainable Development in Africa is also committed to helping ARREM 2A to clear the market gutters.
The women of the Agoè Assiyéyé market expressed their joy and welcomed the support of the NGO IDDA. They took the opportunity to make complaints to the authorities.
“You have to be in good health before you work. It is for this reason that we joined this initiative which allows us to eliminate the stress that we accumulate every day by staying on the spot in the market. Our needs are many. The town hall helps us. But if the government can support our town hall, it will make us happy. One of our immediate needs is access to drinking water in the market”, indicated Ms. AGUZE Akossiwa, President of the Agoè Assiyéyé market.
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