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NCWD empowers over 100 women in business

Participants at the capacity building programme in Abuja. Photo: Azizatu Sani

Over one hundred women from the 36 states of the federation have been trained in artisan skills to make the construction industry gender responsive and empower young women and girls to contribute to national development.

The Director General of the National Center for Women Development, Dr Asabe Vilita-Bashir made this known in Abuja at the graduation ceremony residential capacity building programme for female artisans and catering programme.

She explained that the artisan training for women from rural communities in the states was to them to meet up with the changing needs of women and young girls to venture into male dominated fields to make them self-reliant and establish gender equality.

“As Nigerians, we don’t need to separate the men from the women. This is the best way to empower a woman as during the training the women were very happy to be introduced to new skills that are known to be made for men. This tells you that when it comes to skills, they are all equal and selection should be based on interest rather than gender”. Dr Vilita-Bashir stated.  

Dr Vilita-Bashir called on development partners and corporate bodies to collaborate with the centre to ensure social inclusion, development of more women and urged the participants to extend the skills they had acquired to other women in their domain.

One of the participants, Goodness Mba from Enugu state and a mother of three who was trained in tiling and masonry promised to develop further on it to make it marketable.

The programme enhances the skills of women to compete with the male folk. So now what a man can do a woman can do better” she said.

Other areas are Plumbing and Piping, Generating set repairs and Maintenance, Electrical works, and Air conditioning and Refrigerator repairs.

Highlight of the ceremony was the distribution of start-up parks and equipment as well as the award of Trade test 3 certification to the participants as an attestation of their qualified skills.

Reporting by Azizatu Sani; editing by Adeniyi Bakare