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Mutua - To support the reconstruction of the lives of women affected by cyclone Idai, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) develops a series of programs and activities such as "Women-Friendly Spaces", where they receive psychological support, support in case of gender-based violence and training to develop skills. In the Magandafuta resettlement center, 33 km from the city of Beira, Mozambicans learn skills that could improve their livelihood.

Mozambican women learn skills in the 'Women-Friendly Space' - ©UNFPA Mozambique/Alex Muianga 

Madalena Chico (green blouse) lost her home due to cyclone Idai on March 14. To protect herself, she stayed on a tree with her four children until they were rescued. Since then, she lives in the region's accommodation center. After installing the 'Women-Friendly Space' in Madangafuta, she went on to teach other women how to make xicalangui, clay pots that are used for cooking.

In the same place, they also learn how to make mats and straw baskets. Maria (pink) recalls that she has made more than a thousand bags in her life, a skill she learned from her grandmother. Today, twice a week, she gives classes to her neighbors. 

Maria teaches how to make straw bags - © UNFPA Mozambique/Alex Muianga 

"Women-Friendly Spaces are places dedicated to all women and girls living in accommodation centers. Here they can feel physically and emotionally secure to talk about sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence. Because they are spaces for women, they also feel safe to denounce and seek help in situations of abuse and violence, "said Ana Araújo, UNFPA's Gender-Based Violence Specialist.

Maria's student in the 'Women-Friendly Space' - © UNFPA Mozambique/Alex Muianga 

Find out more: UNFPA implements 'Women's Friendly Space' to support victims of Cyclone Idai