By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Victims/ survivors of Gender based violence (SGBV) who are economically disadvantaged due to unemployment, lack of marketable skills and incapability have been trained to start up a business.
The three day training on empowerment of survivors of gender based violence (SGBV), was opened by the Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), held at the Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium of the Ministry.
Speaking at the Flag off of the training, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Mrs Julianah Osadahun who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Foluke Tunde -Daramola admonished participants to make good use of the opportunity, saying that they were lucky to be chosen.
She emphasised the need for the participants to take the training seriously .
She opined that the end products of the empowerment would help them to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
According to her, the training would address the gap in acquiring marketable skills for economic development and set them free from being victims vulnerable to their abusers.
Speaking at the end of the training, the Facilitator, Mrs Daramola Adeniyi-Ojo expressed satisfaction with the readiness of participants saying that they were ready to learn, as eighty percent of them knew what they came to obtain.
She noted that the energy and passion they showed during learning if put into practice would make them successful .
They were trained in millinery, which is making of hats of fascinators.”
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries Miss Funmilayo Oguntomi thanked the organisers for giving them the opportunity, adding that the training would not have come at a better time than now, as it has made them better persons, and equipped them to face the reality of life.
She enjoined them to continually support the survivors to be useful to themselves and the society at large. The trainees were presented certificate .