Women Aid Collective (WACOL) in collaboration with Ford Foundation, Tuesday, kicked off a two day Women’s Right, Leadership and Advocacy Training of 50/50 Action for Women, in the Elimination of Violence Against Women And Girls in Abia State.
The participants numbering about 50 women were engaged in expository talks on ‘Women’s Right Issues’ – a presentation on the Human Rights of Women including Sexual Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) and ending all forms of Violence Against Women And Girls (VAWG), including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Child marriage and other negative social norms and practices affecting women and girls.
In her speech during the event in Umuahia, Ijeoma Uzoeshi, WACOL Programme Officer and the Project’s Programme Officer, said the training was designed to empower women to improve their skills and understanding and also give them some skills on advocacy and lobbying, negotiation and collaboration in order to understand how best to engage some of the critical stakeholders who included the traditional gatekeepers, in the issues affecting women negatively.
Uzoeshi insisted that a society where half of its citizens cannot talk about sustained development, hence the need for women to be included in leadership, as a key to realization of Women’s right.
Uzoeshi decried that cases of violence against women, other domestic and divorce related issues, cases like wife battering, rape, female genital mutilation as well as harmful widowhood practices, widowhood/girl child disinheritance; property dispossession and child abandonment, abound in the Southeast, South-south and Nigeria as a whole.
“This project is targeted at working towards eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls especially those ones that stem from cultural norms and practices. Most of these cultures and traditions at our community levels reinforce gender inequality”, she pointed out.
The resource persons who included Barr. Helen Kalu and Dr. Uche Nwoke, exposed the participants to “Women’s Right Issues”, Violence Against Women and Girls In Nigeria”, and “Women’s Formational Leadership for realization of Women’s Right” and “Human Rights of Women in International, Regional and National instruments and relevant SDGs”.