Women Unlimited Eswatini Cleaning Up Piggs Peak, Mshingishingini
In a remarkable display of environmental stewardship and community engagement, Women Unlimited Eswatini joined the Mshingishingini Methodist church, the Eswatini Environment Authority and other stakeholders in a successful clean-up campaign in Piggs Peak, Mshingishingini on the 10th of June 2023.
The event served as a fitting tribute to World Environment Day and was organized as part of the activities undertaken by the Eswatini Zero Plastic Contaminating Initiative, with a firm commitment to combatting plastic pollution and promoting sustainable practices.
Plastic Pollution has emerged as one of the most pressing environmental issues globally. Single-use plastics, in particular, have inundated our ecosystems, posing a significant threat to livestock, human health, and the environment. Eswatini like many other countries, has been grappling with the adverse impacts of plastic contamination in its natural surroundings. Recognizing the gravity of the situation and building upon the success of the Phatsa Sakho Nawe Campaign took a proactive approach to inspire change and raise awareness.
Our Engagement with the Methodist Church was to highlight the role of the church especially women in harnessing the power of collective action whilst demonstrating the pivotal role women can play in driving transformative change whilst fostering economic empowerment and social change. The clean-Up provided a platform to educate and raise awareness on sustainable waste management solutions for improved livelihoods.
Women Unlimited succeeded in challenging gender stereotypes and reinforcing that environmental conservation is everyone’s responsibility and the Church can not be left behind. To sustain the momentum generated by the campaign, Women Unlimited Eswatini plans to continue its outreach efforts through various means that emphasize the importance of a plastic free environment.