New Dawn for the Indigent in Ebonyi

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… as EU Spotlight – Group Set To Train 1000 on Skills

By Ruth Oginyi


Girls’ Power Initiative, a non-governmental implementing the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative programme to eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Ebonyi is set to train about 1000 indigent women under Second Chance Education (SCE) and vocational skills training for young women in the State (Pillar 3)

Beneficiaries of the programme are women between the ages of 15 to 45 years targeting ten communities in Ebonyi State.

The organization also said the women would be trained on various skills to enable them start up new life in the society.

In a town hall meeting held at Clevero Hotels Abakaliki on Tuesday, to dialogue on ending Violence Against Women, Girls, the NGO said prospective beneficiaries are rape survivors, HIV client, those involved in early marriages, and those in polygamous home who cannot defend themselves, divorcees, widows and FGM survivors.

Head of programmes, Girls’ Power Initiative, Calabar and project manager spotlight project of the United Nations, Ndodeye Bassey-Obongha, said that the group was implementing the spotlight Initiative under the pillar 3 project.

“Basically we are implementing the spotlight project initiative under the pillar 3 which is also talking about prevention and ending social norms change, centred on ending all forms of violence against girl-child and women.”

“What we are doing is that we are supported by UN women to carry out a second chance education as well as vocational skills training for the most vulnerable in the communities that we are targeting.”

“So for Ebonyi, we are targeting 10 communities, we are at least going to work with 1000 women and young women who fall under these categories to provide second chance education for them as well as vocational skills training”, she said.

The Executive Director of Neighbourhood Initiative for Women Advancement (NIWA), Nancy Oko-Onya, expressed readiness to train the women who are survivors of Violence Against women and Girls.

She explained that the programme termed “Second Chance Education/ Vocational Skills for Women and Young Women was a spotlight initiative based programme, supported by EU-UN women.

She said, “We are here for the spotlight Initiative programme. The programme seeks way of helping the grassroots, it is meant to fashion out how to use the available resources to make life meaningful, especially for women who had fallen victim of VAWG who are between the ages of 15 – 45years.

“When we talk of these victims, we mean women and Girls who have been raped victims, those involves in early marriages, those in polygamous home who cannot defend themselves, divorcees, widows and FGM victims. These categories of women who are in the village without source of income, those who for one reason or the other where denied access to educations”, she said.

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