The Ebonyi Government said on Thursday in Abakaliki that engaging women meaningfully would go a long way toward minimizing their over-dependence on men.
Mrs Macellina Ibina, Director, Department of Women Affairs in the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ibina was reacting to the level of awareness on women’s rights, empowerment, and violence against them.
She said that the ministry had established an organisation known as Mother Savings and Loan Club (MSLC) to alleviate poverty among members.
She added that the club was established in furtherance of the Mother and Child Survival Programmes, part of which was to enable members have access to loan to enable them to provide their needs especially where their health was concerned.
“We target women empowerment to reduce over-dependence on men.
“This is because when women are not empowered, they rely more on men, which will cause them to accept any condition they find themselves,” Ibina said.
She further said that the high level of interest shown by the women in the club prompted it to set up offices in 41 communities across the 11 council areas of the state with plans being made to establish such offices to other areas.
Ibina, however, said that lot of sensitisation on the rights of women had been carried out through aggressive campaign.
She said that part of the mandate of the ministry was to educate women on their rights as well as empower them to contribute to the growth and development of the society.
“We visit them regularly for sensitization and to make them understand that the ministry is the first place to lodge their cases.
“We have also gone deep to educate traditional rulers,” Ibina said.
According to her, the ministry is working closely with Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, as well as other Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to achieve its goals.
The director added that the ministry was collaborating with donor agencies such as UNFPA to end Female Genital Mutilation in the state.
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