The women of Yobe continued to commend the Women and Youth Empowerment Initiative (WOYEIN) for the various supports and programs carried out to enhance their development and reduce all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in the state.
Potiskum Local Government Council Chairman Salisu Muktari revealed this during his address at the graduation ceremony for female survivors of GBV, beneficiaries of the apprenticeship program organized by WOYEIN in the region.
The program is funded by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and the EU-supported Spotlight initiative to end violence against women and girls, with technical support from UN Women.
Represented by his Vice President, Adamu Hamza Gojim, the President said that the impact of the project is already being felt in the communities as locally produced items by the beneficiaries are gradually gaining market.
He assured that the government “will support these products and follow up with beneficiaries to ensure that they use the items given to them to benefit their families and communities.”
The President thanked WOYEIN and UN Women for choosing Potiskum as one of the project communities while instructing the beneficiaries to make good use of the packages.
During the briefing, the project manager who is also the executive director of WOYEIN, Hajiya Husna Ibrahim said that the project, which started a long time ago, has enrolled 200 female GBV survivors in four local government areas. Yobe State including Gujba, Gaidam, Damaturu and Potiskum.
Husna highlighted that the objective of the WPHF – Spotlight Initiative program was to strengthen women’s participation through leadership and livelihood development to reduce GBV in Yobe State.
The program manager said that the program “has built the capacity of the beneficiaries on GBV and related areas as well as the learning program to develop their skills of choice, hence the starter kits distributed now to enable them to start economic activities and strengthen their participation in developments in their communities”.
In his welcome remarks, WOYEIN Gender Officer Asabe Abdullahi Abubakar said 50 women will be provided with starter kits to acquire acquired skills in tailoring, shoe and bag making, catering, soap making and of detergent.
She revealed that women who learned sewing are also producing reusable sanitary pads and should be encouraged by partners and the government to distribute them to vulnerable women in communities.