Abuja, March 14, 2019 AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is empowering women in FCT on skills acquisition to commemorate the International Women’s Day held on March 8.

The State Nursing Coordinator, Mrs Christie Awunor said this during exhibition by selected women in some suburbs in the FCT.

The suburbs include Kuje, Mabuchi, Gosa, Aleita, Fungamaje, Mpape, Dokwa and Suleja in Niger State.

She said that exhibition was organised for women to develop their talents and support their homes, adding the exhibitors  would be given some money to start their businesses.

“In every home, the women stand as strong pillars, it is important for every woman to be carried along in their families.

“The focus is to create a entrepreneurship for every woman and for them to be self-reliance, the men cannot do it alone,” she said.

Awunor said that the acquired skills include tailoring, cosmetology, wigs and bags making, confectioneries, detergent making and hair dressing.

Mr Steve Aborisade, the Advocacy and Marketing Manager said that women should be seen as priority development agenda, adding that female folks had been marginalised.

He said that the empowerment would be replicated in six states were the foundation was present. They are Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa,Cross River, Anambra and FCT.

Mrs Lucia Balonwu, the Executive Director, SUCCOUR Initiative for Peace, said the skills learnt, if properly channelled could bring a lot of women out poverty, adding they could  contribute their own quota to national development.

One of women, Mrs Theresa Tobias, who learnt Hair Dressing, said the skills learnt would go a long way to supporting her family financially.

The theme of the Day was ‘Keep the Promise to women: Balance for Better’.

AHF recognises the advocacy surrounding International Women’s Day and strives to unite governments, organisations and businesses to foster change for gender equality.