MBNCWD organises vocational skills training for 30 participants in Abia State


By Palma Ileye

In continued efforts to empower women, children and the vulnerable across the Six Geopolitical Zones in the country, the Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women Development, MBNCWD, has organised vocational training for 30 participants in South-East, Abia State.

According to the MBNCWD statement, Women’s empowerment was crucial to mitigating poverty at all levels as women play an essential role in the welfare of their households and the development of their communities.

It stated that notwithstanding a variety of economic interventions designed to promote women’s economic inclusion, the face of poverty in Nigeria is still persisting.

Saying that, “Women and girls still face legal, social, cultural and economic challenges across Nigeria. Women still face and contend with stiff barriers and are often locked out of economic opportunities which should empower them on the one hand and help build vibrant communities on the other.

“Social perceptions, stereotypes including gender based violence and biases limit women’s ability to reach the very top of the corporate ladder, while economic constraints prevent them from gaining access to adequate financing of their businesses, thereby curtailing their potentials and economic prowess.”

The Centre stated that there was increasing recognition that economically empowering women was essential both to realize women’s rights and to achieve broader development goals such as economic growth, poverty reduction, health, education and welfare.

“Economic empowerment is the capacity of women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways, which recognise the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.

“Overall, addressing the constraints to women’s economic empowerment is fundamental to lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, poverty reduction and food security and to the achievement of gender equality. To achieve women’s economic empowerment, every institution must address the underlying factors that contribute to it: individual and community resources, and norms and institutions. One of the means of addressing these constraints is through vocational skill acquisition programme.

“The Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women Development Centres, MBNWDC, was established for training, research and documentation of these issues and concerns of women and children, and through this Women Development Centres Reactivation Project and other training and economic empowerment programmes promote the livelihood of women through vocational, ICT and artisanship Skills training, hygiene and sanitation, and basic literacy education.

“The project is aimed at achieving the Nigeria National Women Economic Empowerment, WEE, Policy objectives 1, 2 and 5 by increasing women’s ability to recognize and respond to their yearnings and aspirations to be free from, neglect and exploitation and gender based violence,” it further stated.

Against this background, MBNCWD said it has embarked on several economic empowerment projects including the activation of Women Development Centre, WDCs, in Nigeria, Female Artisans Program, ICT Programs for Women to address the issues of GBV through economic empowerment of women adding that the projects were aimed at addressing poverty reduction at household level, since women at the rural areas perceive poverty more in household where they spend most of their times.

The four day training entailed vocational training on interior and catering. Participants would be taught quick win skills such as throw pillow, duvet, small chops and continental dishes.