WACOL Engages Abia Women In Leadership, Women’s Right And Advocacy Training’s
By Our Reporter
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 Women for 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, Mrs 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 that puts down 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, the Programme Officer of the Nongovernmental organisation, decried that cases of violence against women, other domestic and divorce related issues, cases like wife battery; rape; female genital mutilation, harmful widowhood practices, widowhood/girl child disinheritance; property dispossession and child abandonment are 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 stems from cultural norms and practices. Most of these cultures and traditions at our community levels reinforces 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’sormational Leadership for realization of Women’s Right” and “Human Rights of Women in International, Regional and National instruments and relevant SDGs”.