NGO em­pow­ers Kaduna women with skills, tools

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der the aegis of Abantu for De­vel­op­ment, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with African Women De­vel­op­ment Fund and Global Fund for Women, yes­ter­day pre­sented work­ing tools to 20 women.

The women have un­der­gone train­ing in var­i­ous skills in­clud­ing cater­ing ser­vices, bead making, tai­lor­ing and shoe and bag making.

The work­ing tools pre­sented to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­cluded sewing ma­chine, press­ing iron, weav­ing ma­chine, threads, zips, shoe fil­ing ma­chine, shoe frames, dif­fer­ent kinds of beads and ac­ces­sories, oven and bak­ing pans among others.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pro­grammes Of­fi­cer of Abantu for De­vel­op­ment, Rabi­atu Halilu, the women, aged 1835, were en­rolled in dif­fer­ent train­ing in­sti­tu­tions in Au­gust, 2016 for the train­ing.

The ges­ture, she said, was aimed at re­duc­ing the poverty level among women.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled ‘Women En­trepreneur­ship Promotion – To­wards Achiev­ing Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals’, Farida Yahya said that clos­ing gen­der gaps was es­sen­tial.

She ex­plained that that could be in ac­cess to prod­ucts and ser­vices in the wa­ter, con­tra­cep­tion, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, en­ergy and child-care sec­tors which could ex­pand eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity by $300 bil­lion an­nu­ally by 2025.

She stressed that clos­ing the gen­der gap was a fun­da­men­tal mat­ter of hu­man rights and jus­tice.

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