Some women in Ungwan Romi community in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State have commended Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI), an NGO, for supporting survivors of Gender-Based Violence in the state.
The women gave the commendation on Tuesday in Kaduna at a one-day orientation seminar tagged “Our Safe Spaces” (OSS) project, organised for beneficiaries from Ungwan Romi community.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the project is implemented by EWEI to provide psycho-social support and economic empowerment opportunities to victims of GBV in the state.
The women acknowledged the recurring violence meted on them and young girls, particularly rape, economic deprivation, domestic violence and all forms of physical violence.
According to them, the project will go a long way in supporting victims of all forms of violence and empower them to live quality lives.
Mrs Eugenia Ambrose, a divorced mother of two, while recounting her experience, said she suffered seven years of physical violence from her ex-husband.
She said “there was a time my ex-husband used cutlass to beat me at the slightest provocation. My life was a living hell until I decided to end the marriage and ran away.
“Now, I am alone with my two children with no support from anywhere. My eldest child is nine and the youngest is four.
“I am confident that this project will give me a new lease of life. I really commend EWEI for initiating the project to help people.”
Another woman, Mrs Murna Auta, also described the project as commendable, saying it would put smiles on the faces of women and girls in the community.
Auta, who said that she was a victim of communal violence and was forced to relocate, said the project gave her hope for a better future.
She said “I am a housewife and a business woman, but lost everything to the crises that reduced me to just a housewife and financially incapacitated.
“I am grateful that EWEI introduced the OSS project to empower us.”
The Village Head of Romi, Mr Joseph Bala, thanked the NGO for supporting victims of GBV in the community and pledged the support of other traditional leaders to the project.
The Programme Officer of EWEI, Aisha Lawal, explained that OSS was a three-year project designed to support women and girls survivors of GBV, physical and economic violence, as well as sexual exploitation in the state.
Lawal added that OSS, supported by UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UN Trust Fund), would provide 450 beneficiaries access to psycho-social support systems and economic empowerment opportunities.
She said the beneficiaries were made up of women, young girls and boys, traditional leaders and security personnel drawn from Ungwan Romi and Ungwan Dosa communities of Kaduna North and Chikun Local Government Areas.
According to her, the gesture is to normalise the lives of the victims to have a fresh start in life, build their confidence and self-esteem.
Edited by: Folasade Adeniran/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu