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Spotlight: EU-UN trains 346 peer educators in Ebonyi

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Ruth Oginyi

The European Union, United Nations (EU-UN) Spotlight Initiative has trained about 346 girls in Ebonyi State on life skills to end Gender-Based Violence(GBV) in the state.

This was made known to journalists during a 3-day life skills training for adolescent girls to become change agents towards the elimination of violence against women and girls in the local government organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in the state with support from the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.

The event took place in Onicha local government area of the state.

Represented by NOA United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) Desk Officer in the state, Uchenna Unah, the organization explained that the young girls were trained on life skills that will empower them to face different challenges in society.

He explained that the 346 girls were selected from Abakaliki, Ezza South, Ohaozara, and Onicha local governments.

“These life skills are what will empower the girls to face different challenges in society. The life skills include; peer education, peer influence, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, STDs, and gender and gender-based violence.

“The main life skill training itself consists of value and value clarification where they will be taught on the right value to imbibe in the society, the right value to imbibe in a human being which will help them in life.

“We are in the first phase of the training in Onicha local government and we believe that the first 48 girls we are training now will do well and if they do well, the funders will do well and increase the number of girls that will be trained.

“In all, in the four local governments of Abakaliki, Ezza South, Ohaozara, and this Onicha we are now, 346 girls have been trained on these life skills”.

An Advocate for Child Protection and Gender-based Violence, Idara Effiong who was among those that trained the girls said “this training is very impactful, we have impacted on young girls in skill training to enable them to understand what their rights are and how to uphold these rights and to also be able to understand what child abuse is and how to identify them and also how to stay safe from them. A huge impact has been created through this training.

“Talking to young girls from different local governments, we can see that there is this thing about social norms that they held so dear believing that a woman should be relegated to the background, believing that child marriages are beneficial to their family. They believe that child marriage is a source of income for their family but we have been able to impact them with the knowledge of the bad aspect of child marriage”.

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