The National Centre for Women Development, NCWD has empowered and awarded Grade three trade test certificate to 115 female artisans to promote gender inclusiveness in various male dominated fields.
The Director General of the center, Dr. Asabe Vilita-Bashir disclosed this in Abuja during a joint graduation ceremony of 2022 residential female artisanship Program and the regular vocational skills training.
She explained that the training would enable the female artisans address basic artisanship needs in the rural communities, especially in areas where men have no access to places habited by women for cultural and religious reasons.
“We noted paucity of skilled artisans in the construction industry and also noted that the performance in the sector has nothing to do with the sex of individuals, and in response designed the Project “Residential Capacity Building for Female Artisans.
”The program has so far trained over 1000 young females, making the aforementioned skills to be gender responsive and inclusive; and empowered young women and girls economically, so as to enhance national development,” she said.
On her part, Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, commended the female artisans for their commitment and resilience to learn new skills in a male dominated field.
She further advised them to utilize the skills acquired and the starter park towards contributing meaningfully in the construction industry and expressed optimism that the training would bridge gap in the construction industry to accommodate more women in the profession.
The women, selected from the 36 states were trained on artisan skills of tiling and masonry, air-condition and refrigeration, generator repairs, electrical works, plumbing and piping.
Other vocational skills include, catering, cake baking, decoration & sugar craft, bread and pastry making, tie and dye, make up and head gear, bead and leveler making.
Reporting by Azizatu Sanni; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu