Ebonyi: EU-UN spotlight Initiative trains 40 women on skills acquisition – By Reginald Okoro

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The European Union and the United Nations (EU-UN) Spotlight Initiative in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have commenced training of no fewer than 40 Ebonyi female trainers on skills acquisition to promote livelihood of women.

The train the trainer workshop which commenced on Friday, July 9, in Abakaliki would last four days while the trainers were expected to impact the knowledge acquired to rural women and survivors of gender based violence (GBV).

Mr Benedict Essong, UNFPA representive in Ebonyi , in speech to declare open the training workshop said that participants would be trained on soap making and other vocational skills.

He said that the essence of the exercise was 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 actualise their potentials and become not only independent but also economically self reliant.

According to him, the agencies are also in partnership with Ebonyi Women Initiative For Acceleration (EBOWOIFA), aimed at improving the women means of livelihood.

”Onbehalf 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,” Essong said.

The Director, EBOWOIFA, Dr Ngozi Obichukwu said that the essence of the programme was to ensure that women in the state were empowered.

Obichukwu who also is the Special Assistant to the Gov Dave Umahi on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), disclosed that the women who were trained on soap making would be issued with certificate and starter kits at the end of the four-day exercise.

According to her, the participants, drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state are expected to extend the teaching to other women at the grassroots.

“EBOWOIFA are joining the EU-UN, UNFPA and other development partners to support women that are survivors of gender based violence.

“The training and starter kits are sort of palliatives from these partners,” she said.

She commended the agencies for the gesture and Gov. Umahi for providing them an enabling environment.

Mrs Rachael Umahi, Ebonyi governor’s wife

Meanwhile, Mrs Rachael Umahi, Ebonyi governor’s wife in a speech 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 would translate to development of a nation.

She said: “I charge you to take the exercise seriously and make utmost use of the opportunity to better your selves.”

One of the participants, Mrs Elizabeth Ojukwu promised to organise a one-day meeting with women at the grassroots to expose them on the skills to be economically and financially independent.

“We are grateful and commend the organisers for bringing such empowerment programme closer to women at the grassroots; it will go a long way in liberating the women from poverty,” Ojukwu said.

Another participant, Mrs Angelina Ori from Ohaozara LGA, while commending the UNFPA, organisers and partner agencies, assured to impact same to other women and girls at the grassroots.

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