Grace Eze Obi, a mentee of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in Cross River State, under the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) project supported by Ford Foundation kick started the first edition of a three-month pet project on 13 April 2020, Calabar with series of activities. The pet project themed, END VIOLENCE INITIATIVE will last for 3 months. The EVAWG project seeks to strengthen young women’s leadership skills to demonstrate leadership and raise their voices in various communities in the three focal states of Cross Rivers, Adamawa, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The conference is divided into two parts; one part is strictly on intensive skill acquisition which runs through Mondays to Thursdays every week;the other part scheduled for Friday every week throughout the three month duration, provides information on issues relating to violence against women and girls, gender inequalities and the roleof the beneficiaries in creating a balance and fair society.
The maiden edition of the Friday session took place on 17 April 2020 and addressed topics such as the differences between “sex” and “gender”, the core concept of patriarchy including the role of culture in defining the roles of men and women and how it creates imbalance in the society.
The project seeks to ensure that at the end of three (3) month trainees will not only be highly proficient in skills acquisition, but will also be very well sensitized on violence against women and girls, gender inequalities and the role they can play. Besides, the beneficiaries would also have been empowered to raise their voices against violence against women and girls in their communities.