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UNWOMEN supported project engages Ebonyi women in skill learning

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By Ruth Oginyi

To lessen the suffering of rural women in Ebonyi communities, an organization, Girls’ power initiative (GPI) with support from UNWOMEN, said it has reached out to over 1, 300 young women and women with literacy skills and 1, 328 with vocational skills in the state.

GPI, Calabar Center is one of the organizations implementing the EU/UN spotlight initiative project in Ebonyi State.

The organization in a town hall meeting in Abakaliki disclosed that they have reached out to the vulnerable groups in skill training and 2nd chance Education in nine (9) communities in Abakaliki and Ezza south local government areas of the state.

While speaking on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, ” Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID – 19 World,
Mrs. Comfort Ikpeme coordinator, Girls’ power initiative (GPI) Calabar Center, said they want to use the town hall dialogue to reach out to the rural women to continue the campaign against gender-based violence.

“We want a situation where men and women are regarded as human beings not where one is regarded as superior and one inferior. We want to make the women have major sources of livelihood and stop depending on men.

In her contribution, Ndodeye Bassey Obongha, head of programs GPI and project manager for the component of the spotlight initiative, said apart from the success made so far, GPI wants to touch more lives in skill training in the state.

She said the second phase of the project will start probably around June / July and more women will be empowered on entrepreneur skills.

“We have been working in communities in Ebonyi and 1 community in cross river state in Ebonyi We have taken Ndiokenyi, in Abakaliki local government and Amauzu in Ezza South.

“We will also be doing vocational skills training as well as the second chance education in each of the community, we are going to be taking 30 young man and women who are vulnerable, school dropout, victims of forced marriages, widows under 45 who don’t have means of livelihood, persons with disability, network of persons living with HIV Aids because the principal of spotlight is left no one behind, so we are very interested in the last two categories that I mentioned.

She said they are targeting 120 in the rollover phase in the next six months.

She added that in Ebonyi 2020, 1200 were trained in the vocational skill and 1500 for the second chance Education and over 2000 shall be targeted in the 2nd phase.

An 18 years old girl Chinaza Mkpuma, from Ezza South a beneficiary of the project said she learned shoemaking through the NGO and expressed hope that if she could get money to start the shoe production herself, she will train others who are willing to learn skills and also further her Education.

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