In the Words of Liliane: “Thanks to the support of the Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE), as part of its program with UN Women, I was able to receive the necessary care for our survival.”

Date: Monday, August 24, 2020

Maternity of Sange.  Photo credit: Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE)
Maternity of Sange.
Photo credit: Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE)

Amid political instability and the pain of sequestrations in Burundi, Liliane, her husband and her four children settled in Sange, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015. In 2019, Liliane gets pregnant. Living under the shock of trauma, emotions and in a difficult economic situation, Liliane wondered under what conditions her baby would come into the world. Rescued by the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund of UN Women, she tells us how the organization saved her family's life.

 

“During the labor which lasted for four days, the situation started to get complicated and I was in tremendous pain. I was screaming loudly and everyone in the hospital could hear my voice. I had difficulty giving birth vaginally and my water had already broken. I almost died and lost the child inside of me. The doctor in charge of the hospital suggested that I undergo surgery. Unfortunately, I did not have the financial means to pay the costs of a caesarean section and save my life and my child’s life.

Thanks to the support of the Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE), as part of its program with UN Women, I was able to receive the necessary care for our survival. This organization, with the support of UN Women, covered the costs of the operation and any other medical care I received. It saved my life and allowed my child to be saved too.

Today we are all healthy and I am grateful for what AFPDE has done for my family. Therefore, I extend my sincere thanks to AFPDE and its funding partner, UN Women, for allowing us to hope for a new life.”

 

*Names have been changed to protect the family's privacy.

 


The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is the only global financing mechanism dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s inclusion in peacebuilding and humanitarian response. WPHF is a global partnership that aims to re-energize action and stimulate funding for women’s participation, leadership and empowerment in situations of conflict and humanitarian crises around the world. This fund has been designed to stimulate a significant shift in women’s participation and leadership in conflict and post-conflict zones through the enabling power of financing. WPHF aims to amplify the voices of women and support their vital work to prevent conflict, respond to crises, and accelerate peace in their communities.

To date, it has supported over 100local women’s organizations across 12of its 24 eligiblecountries. As the WPHF is a partnership between Member States, the UN, and civil society, all stakeholders are represented on its global Funding Board. UN Women provides secretariat support and ensures coordination to implement the decisions of the WPHF Funding Board. The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund is the Administrative Agent of the Fund.

From June 2019 to June 2020, the Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE) launched a project entitled "Improving the health conditions of internally displaced women and refugees in the health zones of Ruzizi and Nundu". The latter aims to enable internally displaced women and refugees living in a difficult situation in the health zones of Lemera, Ruzizi and Nundu in South Kivu province to access maternal health care and good hygiene conditions.