A Non Governmental Organization, NGO,Ladies Empowerment Goals and Support Initiative( LEGASI) has trained 20 Women and Girls with the aim of equipping them with skills aquisation to reduce the burden of unemployment affecting Women and Children in the society.
According to the group,it’s high time,to take more skilled aquisation programmes to women that are residing in both rural and urban centers of northern Nigeria ,so as to support government to reduce the number of unemployed women,which include widows,Divorcees and orphans,in order to enabled them become self-employed in the society.
Speaking the executive Director of the NGO,Kaltumi Abdulazeez said With support from World Connect,they have purchased 10 sewing machines, 20 bundles of towels,20 bundles of napkins, 20 bundles of cotton towels, sewing threads, motor and several other materials to kickstart the project in Kabala Doki and Unguwa Kudu in Kaduna State north western Nigeria.
He added that majority of the Women are talented,as such this training will definitely help them fight poverty, unemployment and reduce dependancy on any one.
According to her,LEGASI is an innovative Woman led organization in partnership with local and International agencies and community building partners spanning a global network of individuals committed to the rights and health of young women and adolescent girls.
With expertise in the area of communications and advocacy, reproductive health, education mentoring and entrepreneurship.
She further maintained that,women empowerment is one of the key terms for the overall development of society,adding that there nothing wrong in taking part in the development of society,pointing out that in the corporate world,women are playing several roles in various fields of human development like engineering, medical, and so on.
She said,Women’s empowerment is part to their commitment to encourage women to feel strong by telling them that they can do everything that they want to do. Women can work outside their home, have opportunity to make up their mind. Women are not depended on men
She noted that their effort is to bring change for better and to see improvement in the lives of women and children across the 19 northern states of Nigeria
Stressing that,they have purchased Ten (10) sewing machines to empower women and girls with skills on how to make reusable clothe pads.
She said, ending period poverty means we must ensure that the girl child has access to dignity products that are sustainable such as reusable menstrual pads adding that is also important that girls are economically empowered to produce these materials and sell,this will help their communities become more economically viable.
The executive director also noted that,bringing an end to poverty and unemployment is a collective responsibility
Responding,some of the women that received the training expressed satisfaction and thanked the organisers for helping them with skills to be self employed
One of the Widows that received the training name withheld says “Empowering women is to give women the right.”
She added that Women can have equal rights to participate in education, society, economy and politics
She said women can get involved in society as they are glad to choose their religious, language, work and other activities.
While calling on state and federal government to always empower Youth,Women in both rural and urban centers to reduce the number of unemployed graduates and divorcees
She then appealed to wealthy and spirited individuals to train more widows and divorcees in the society to reduce the number of women that are finding it extremely difficult to feed their orphans three times in a day
While appreciating the NGO that trained them, she equally called on religious leaders and traditional title holders to support commercial sex workers in order to save them from the danger they encountered on daily basis due to the interaction they had with their customers