The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and an NGO, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) are to empower 450 gender-based violence survivors in Kaduna State.
The UN Trust Fund Representative for the project, Lorna Mesina, said on Monday that the initiative was designed for women and girls that survived physical and economic violence.
”“Our Safe Spaces’’ will promote beneficiaries’ access to psycho-social support systems and economic empowerment opportunities to facilitate normalisation of their lives.
“The project includes a needs assessment to inform the design of appropriate capacity building activities on counselling and economic empowerment and advocacy.
“There will also be engagement with influencers and decision makers to take specific actions.
“We are very excited to partner with EWEI in this project that will contribute to making women and girls safer in Kaduna,’’ she said.
Mesina said in a statement that the empowerment project was also meant for survivors of sexual exploitation as well as focus on prevention and response to gender-based abuses.
She said that the project, which would be implemented between December to November 2022, would provide assistance to women and girls affected by the violence.
The UN representative said that the project would be implemented in Ungwan Dosa and Ungwan Romi Local Government Areas oF Kaduna State.
According to her, the UN Trust Fund is a global grant-making mechanism dedicated to addressing all forms of violence against women and girls at local and national levels.
Grace Attah, the NGO’s Programme Officer for Organisational Development and Partnerships, said that the NGO was founded to provide multi-sectoral interventions in areas of girls and women empowerment.
Attah said the NGO’s partnership with UNTF would put smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries.
“We are very happy to partner with UN Trust Fund in responding to the needs of girls and women in Kaduna state.
“We will be working tirelessly with our partner to provide sustainable support to the 450 beneficiaries across the two communities in the state,” she said.