Dr Olabisi Awosanya, the President, Zonta Club, has described skills acquisition as veritable means of empowering girls and women to be self reliant and to contribute to the nation’s economy especially those who have been victims of abuse.
Awosanya made the remarks in Ibadan on Saturday at the Centennial Anniversary of Zonta Club International saying the club has done and still doing so much to rehabilitate girls and women who have been victims of violence.
“We are celebrating the centennial anniversary and the club has been at the vanguard of advocating for the change of status for girls and women from negative to positive.
“We have trained more than 1,000 girls between January and November this year.We look around our community and identity girls and women who are going through abuse or violence.
“We campaign against child abuse, girls abuse, we want to put a stop to child marriage and we have devised various strategies in achieving these.
“We are partnering with organisation to help teenage girls who are pregnant and have left school. We won a grants of $5,000 out of about 62 clubs who wrote proposals to be able to rehabilitate these girls.
She futher said that when women and girls have the right to information, that their lives will be better for it adding that it will also have possitive impact on their family.
Mr Omotayo Morgan, a former International Director at Zonta International, urged government to improve the quality of education and revive technical schools to produce skilled work men.
He said it was important to train people especially women and girls on technical skills aside sending them to schools.
“I will want government to pay emphasis not only on academics but also on technical education.
“Zonta has been championing the cause of women in the last 100 years and it has given hope to so many girls and women through various projects.
“In this country, the Club started in 1970 and has contributed immensely in addressing the plight of girls and women,” Morgan said.
In her remarks, Mr Olajumoke Akere, the Vice President Zonta Club, Ibadan, said “empowering women is empowering the whole nation.”
She said “government should do more in this regard by increasing the quota of women in politics and even budgetary allocation in education and health to address some of the challenges girls and women faced.”
Some of the women beneficiaries of the Zonta Club grants, Mrs Omowumi Anifalaje and Blessing Ogomegbulam said the club has helped them to forged ahead in life.
Anifalaje said the club has assisted her to cope with the day to day challenges adding that she learnt skills that is making her to earn good money for a living.
Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Tukur Muntari.