Tuesday, 15 October 2019

C'River state govt to begin special projects for women living with disabilities, begins data collection

Ukorebi Esien | 15 October 2019

The Cross River State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs has began collection of data of women living with disabilities as it prepares to include them in its programmes. TDN can authoritatively report. 

This was made know by the Permanent  Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Cross River State, Mr. Takim Asu who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Onen Essien during a two day workshop and book presentation by Project Alert in Calabar. 

Mr. Takim, assured the organizers of the event of the ministry's appreciation of their contributions to humanity stating that the ministry carries out several projects for women but will henceforth introduce a special package for women living with disabilities in the state. 

Presentation of the Book 

"The Ministry of Women Affairs will now involve women with disabilities in its programmes as it will now adopt a special project for them. Modalities are in place to adjust our budget to accommodate women with disabilities In Cross River State, even as we are ready to partner with Project Alert". He said. 

Confirming this stand, the director of women in the ministry informed that the ministry has already started gathering names of women living with disabilities in Cross River State for a special intervention. She however, advise women to always speak up when face with all forms of violence. 
Participants at the events 

Also speaking during the presentation of the book, Gender-Based Violence and Women with Disabilities: A Study of Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, the Statistician General of Cross River State, Dr. Joseph Ogar, emphasized on the need for statistics stating that it helps in government planning. 
Group photograph with participants and organizers 

Speaking earlier on the purpose of the event, Dr. Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, of Project Alert said the Project has zero tolerance for all forms and any form of Voilence against women, stating that Project Alert carries out its projects in three forms being Research and Documentation, Human Right Education and Support for victims and vulnerable women. She noted that arresting Gender-Based violence needs a collective effort and partnership with all stakeholders.