The Wife of Taraba state state Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, Barr. Anna Darius has on Saturday restated commitment of ensuring that women are fully empowered to become self reliance through her NGO Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba across the state.
Mrs. Ishaku made the pronouncement during the flagg-off of 16 days of activism against Genda-Based violence against women held at Shawuya Primary School which is one of the IDPs camps in Jalingo, the state capital.
The northern governors wives, set aside Saturday 30th of November to kickstart the campaign in compliance with the United Nations (UN) calls for global actions to eliminate violence against women and girls which the First Lady of Taraba joined her counterparts.
Addressing the gathering, Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku said the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba selected five (5) persons from each of the nine (9) IDPs camps in Jalingo and engaged nine (9) trainers who trained the beneficiaries on various skills as part of the campaign in Taraba.
According to her, they have decided to bring together all the nine IDPs camps in one center and kicks off the campaign because of her passion for the lessprevillaged, considering the fact that there are many in the camps that have experienced such abuses.
The Wife of the governor also explained over the years, the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba has been visiting and donated food stuffs, cloths, uniforms and books to the children as well as ensuring that they are accommodated in schools in the environment they are staying as pupils and students.
She added that beside the above mentioned gesture, boreholes were also drilled at various IDPs camps by the foundation in the state.
“Since inception my office has been in the forefront of sensitizing and advocating for a prosperous society to change the negative attitude on violence against women such as rape, sexual harasment and to focus on dignity, labour and hard work, so our vision is to make life easy for women in their homes” Mrs. Ishaku added.
Barr. Anna Darius however, appreciated her partners and stressed the need for other stakeholders to join hand with Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba in the fight against all sorts of violence against women in the state.
Earlier while giving an overview on Genda-Based violence against women, the Senior Special Assistant to the wife of the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mrs. Elizabeth Usen Smith said that statistics by the UN shows that there are seven hundred and fifty million (750m) women and girls were married before their 18th birthday.
She further explained that record also indicated that women account for nearly half of all human trafficking victims detected globally, while three out of four trafficked girls are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation among others.
On his part, Taraba state IDPs Camps Chairman, Mr. Kini Nomeri expressed gratitude for the gesture by the wife of the governor, saying that so many lives have benefited from the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, believing that the IDPs will soon start returning back to their various Communities as peace has been restored in the areas.
According to him, the campaign embarked by the governor’s wife will no doubt assist in reducing the issue of rape and other violence against women and called on government ensure that anyone caught and found guilty should be punished as provides by the law.
He commended Governor Darius Ishaku for his effort and commitment toward ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state.
Also speaking at the occasion, Coordinator of Ngada Special Development Area in the state, Rev. Joseph Na Gombe applauded the initiative of the wife of the governor, attributing indecent dressing as a major factor causing rape and other sexual harasment on women and kicked against such acts.
In an interview, some of the beneficiaries who were trained on various skills were highly elated for the gesture, adding that the skills they have learned will change their lives greatly and thanked Barr. Anna Darius for her motherly show of concern.
Some of the end product of skills acquired presented by the trainees include liquid soap, baking, cusmetics products as well as various designs of beads jewlries among others.
Those in attendance were wives of some state lawmakers, former women Commissioners, wife of state PDP Chairman among others.