The National Action for the Control of AIDS (NACA), with support from UN Women in collaboration with the Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN) and other civil society groups have empowered 100 women living with and vulnerable to HIV & AIDS in the conflict affected areas of Kaduna and Nasarawa States.
In a statement made available by NACA, the positive feedback from the project led to the conception and implementation of the second phase of the project which was implemented by ASWHAN in collaboration with the Benue State SACA, Benue State Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Health.
According to the statement, the economic empowerment initiative was focused at addressing the loss of livelihood among 110 beneficiaries, who comprise of internally displaced women and girls as well as other indigent females who are vulnerable to HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) in the conflict affected areas of Benue State.
it said at the end of the project, 70 IDPs, 30 PLHIV and 10 FSWs in the State were trained and empowered with skills in confectionary (Chin-chin, doughnuts, puff-puff) beautification (hair & wig making, braiding, bead making, makeup artist training, Gele tying & tie and dye,) and body essentials (soap, disinfectant, shampoo, perfume, body cream and hair cream).
Also, it stated that the women and girls were taught business management and life building skills to address conflict, HIV sexual and gender-based violence as well as referrals for available services in the communities.