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CFID empowers IDP women in Taraba



The Center for Initiative and Development (CFID), a non-governmental organisation, yesterday commenced skill acquisition training for IDP girls and women in Taraba State, with the aim of discouraging women taking refuge in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in the state from indulging in social vices.

Executive Director/Founder of the organisation, Danjuma K. Adda, said the decision was to discourage the men from taking advantage of the women while sourcing for livelihoods.

The women, drawn from the various IDPs camps in the state, according to CFID, would not only be train in their chosen areas of interest, but also supported with grants to enable them establish their trades on graduation.

The organisation had earlier trained displaced girls and women as peer educators to reach 1,500 other women and girls on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual and reproductive health and right services.

According to Adda, CFID has decided to train and support young IDP girls and women across Taraba on five different trades- tailoring, confectionaries, rice processing, hairdressing and production of household, including soaps and pomade- to make them to be self-reliant and dissuade them from engaging in social vices.

Elated by the gesture, the representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in the state, Daniel I. Bisu, urged other organisations in the state and the country at large to emulate CFID.

While admonishing the women and girls to make adequate use of the opportunity, Bisu said the UNHCR, would on its part, not relent in extending the needed helping hands to the IDPs, stating that as at last count, the state has over 50,000 IDPs.

Representatives from the state Ministry of Women Affair and Child Development and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) commended CFID and promised to support its vision and mission.

Some of the beneficiaries promised to make proper use of the opportunity offered them by not only becoming self-sufficient, but also create opportunities for other IDP women to be independent.

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