By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
The European Union and the United Nations (EU-UN) spotlight initiative in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have trained 40 female trainers on skills acquisition.
The UNFPA representative in the state, Mr. Benedict Essong made this known on Friday 10th July 2020 during a 4-day training for the women who would extend the knowledge to their counterparts and survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) at the rural areas.
He said that the essence of the exercise was to impact the idea of soap making into the selected persons who would also train others in their various localities to improve both social and economic well-being of the beneficiaries.
Essong added that the development partners had selected the state for implementation of the initiative to enable the women actualize their potentials and become independent.
According to him, the agencies are also in partnership with Ebonyi Women Initiative For Acceleration (EBOWOIFA), aimed at achieving a significant improvement in their livelihood.
“On behalf of the EU-UN spotlight initiative, we are pleased to partner with the state government, through EBOWOIFA to ensure that there is gender equality and support income generating livelihood for women.”
“We are also proud to get support of the state government to implement this activity through EBOWOIFA.
The Director, EBOWOIFA, Dr Ngozi Obichukwu said that the essence of the programme was to ensure that women in the state are empowered.
Obichukwu also the Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) said that the women who were trained on soap making were issued with certificate and starter kits at the end of the four days exercise.
According to her, the participants, who were drawn from three senatorial zones of the State are expected to extend the teaching to other women at the grassroots.
“The training and starter kits are sort of palliatives from EU-UN, UNFPA and other development partners to support income generating livelihood for women”, Obichukwu said.
She commended the agencies for the gesture and Governor David Umahi for providing them an enabling environment.
Meanwhile, Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Rachael Umahi encouraged the women to take advantage of the programme and make progress to better their families and the society.
Mrs. Umahi represented by her Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Donatus Owo maintained that empowering a woman attracts development of a nation.
“I charge you to take the exercise seriously and make utmost use of the opportunity to better yourselves”, Mrs. Umahi said.
The participant, Mrs. Elizabeth Ojukwu promised to organize a one-day meeting with women at the grassroots to expose them to the skills to be independent.
“We at the grassroots have been trained on this skill, we will practice what we have learnt and teach others to improve their livelihoods.”
“We are grateful and commend the organizers for bringing such empowerment programme closer to women at the grassroots. It will go a long way”, Ojukwu said.
Another participant, Mrs. Angelina Ori from Ohaozara LGA, while commending the UNFPA, EU-UN spotlight initiative among other partnering agencies, assured them that she will always impact same to other women and girls at the grassroots.