From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
ActionAid Nigeria under its Women Peer Education Programme intervention in Kogi has created additional 24 circles in 12 new communities to the existing 33 in seven communities, to promote learning and advancement of women.
Mrs. Gift Omoniwa, ActionAid Project Manager and Executive Director, Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) disclosed this at the State Level Women Peer Education Facilitators interactive meeting on Wednesday in Lokoja.
Omoniwa who said the state currently had 33 women peer education circles in seven communities in Adavi and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Areas revealed that the programme was aimed at promoting self-learning and advancement of the rights of women at community-level.
She said that the additional 24 circles in 12 the newly approved communities would boost the success so far recorded in mobilising and organising women at community level around issues that affected their lives politically, socially and economically.
“We have a model that is developed to identify and address day-to-day issues that affect women in their various communities and also at the state level at large.”
She noted that under the programme, women in Ugbedomagu community in Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area were able to advocate for the reduction of widowhood mourning period from 11 months to three months in the community.
She said they were also able to address the issues of healthcare facilities confronting the women, set up an adult literacy classes and skills acquisition centre facilitated by members in their bid to support other women to improve generally.
Speaking in same vein, Mrs Comfort Mataga, Peer Education Facilitator from Osisi community said education and skill acquisition were crucial to the girl child adding that a girl or woman without education would no matter much in the society.
Also speaking, Mrs Hannah Eneojo, facilitator from Ugbedomagu said through the programme in her Community, girl child enrollment in schools had increased just as issues of petty jealousy among women had drastically reduced.
She said, “The issue of education is very critical here, we encourage adult literacy classes for our women and high enrollment for the girl child because in all endeavours from business to farming and agriculture, these days, if you cannot read and write, it will be very difficult for you.”