Foun­da­tion to em­power girls, women in Abuja

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Oladimeji Olushola

A non- gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, Wanda Adu Foun­da­tion (WAF) said it will em­power girls and women sex work­ers within Abuja as its con­tri­bu­tion to com­mem­o­rat­ing the In­ter­na­tional Girl Child Day.

The foun­da­tion which sen­si­tised girls at Ruga com­mu­nity of Wuye District in Abuja in a cam­paign tagged ‘Girls Tak­ing Charge’, dis­trib­uted san­i­tary pads, tis­sue pa­pers and cash gifts, pledg­ing to do that on a monthly ba­sis.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of WAF, Wanda Ebe said the cam­paign is aimed at sen­si­tiz­ing the girl child on her rights and du­ties and also to em­power them to en­gage on more mean­ing­ful ven­tures.

Ebe who also noted that she was sexually abused as a girl child, which is part of the rea­son for the foun­da­tion, dis­closed that the foun­da­tion will also of­fer schol­ar­ships to chil­dren of the com­mer­cial sex work­ers and em­power the moth­ers with skill ac­qui­si­tions.

She how­ever, urged them to quit us­ing their body for com­mer­cial pur­pose and en­gage on some­thing more mean­ing­ful and to avoid be­ing ma­nip­u­lated by the op­po­site sex.

“Take ad­van­tage of the girl power to take over, rule and avoid be­ing fear­ful to speak out when abused,” she said.

One of the par­tic­i­pants who do not want her name men­tioned, dis­closed that she went into pros­ti­tu­tion after drop­ping out of school in 2015.

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