On Saturday, the Anambra State Ministry of Women’s Affairs empowered some women living with disabilities in the state, charging them to use their skills to create wealth for socio-economic development.
Beneficiaries who included blind, physically handicapped, people with albinism and deaf received money to support their businesses such as sanitizer, air freshener productions among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s Special Advisor on Youth Development Programs, Dr. Nelson Omenugha, represented by Barr. Dubem Kevin, said the government will partner with the National Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) and the Anambra State Association of Disabled Women (AASWD), to identify and address their needs.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of Anambra State, Gender Perspective and Social Development Center, Ms. Eucharia Anekwe, argued that women with disabilities can live fulfilling lives and achieve their various ambitions once ‘they rose above their current conditions to learn skills, build relationships with others and report any form of discrimination, violence, abuse or injustice experienced against them.
For his part, Ify Aronu-Okafor, media coach and former special assistant to the former governor of the state on audiovisual media, advised people with disabilities to always arm themselves with the law on the rights of persons with disabilities in the country. Anambra State and other relevant legislation to overcome societal challenges.
Commending the State Ministry of Women’s Affairs for its financial support, Chairman of JONAPWD, Anambra State Chapter, Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke urged the beneficiaries to use the opportunity to revitalize their businesses.
Earlier, AASWD Chairman, Comrade Ncheta Nwanokwara explained that empowerment was the first batch and aimed to support their members who had acquired different skills such as production of air fresheners, disinfectants, poultry farming and bean cake to start their business.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Francisca Okafor thanked the state government for its assistance, assuring that she would use the money to improve her poultry farming business and empower others around her.