Godwin Otang AJOM, Calabar
The United Nations Women Spotlight Initiative has empowered 45 Gender Based Violence, and Vesicovaginal Fistul, survivors with vocational skills In Cross River State.
The event took place at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Calabar, as part of the global 16 days of activism with the theme; ” Orange The World: End Violence against Women Now.”
Congratulating the first set of beneficiaries of the training programme, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Programme Specialist, Productive Health, Dr. Yakubu Aliyu said investing in young women’s economic empowerment and skills development was crucial for achieving gender equality.
Aliyu said the annual UN’s campaign which runs from November 25, the international day for the elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, seeks to shine its light on one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide.
He noted that economically, active women are greater decision makers in homes and communities as they positively impact on their family’s wellbeing.
The UNFPA representative said ”I want to especially congratulate the 45 participants who are the first beneficiaries of this training programme that UNFPA is supporting the Ministry of Women Affairs to conduct with funding from the Spotlight Initiative. We hope that the knowledge and skills acquired will go a long way to enable you improve your life.”
While congratulating the survivors, wife of the state governor, Dr. Linda Ayade said there would have been no better time than the 16 days of activism to empower the survivors of GBV with starter kits for the different skills they have acquired.
“Working together, we can do more to prevent domestic violence and make our homes places of safety, places of hope and places of peace and harmony. The call to action is for all of us to work together to reduce the number of GBV faced by women and girls in our society,” she said.