EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT SEMINARS FOR WOMEN AND LADIES
The problem of violence and abuse of the women and children’s rights is constituting a major problem not only in the Nigeria, but in the entire developing country. A number of women and children are frequently battered, emotionally humiliated and mentally tortured both at homes and in marriages against their consent. This contravenes what our law stipulates.
The Beijing Conference of the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which has been ratified by most countries of the globe. Nigeria is a signatory to many international and regional treaties (including CEDAW) but effort to incorporate most of these treaties into national laws has not been successful. However, five states (Ebonyi, Jigawa, Cross Rivers, Edo and Lagos) have enacted laws prohibiting domestic violence and protecting the rights of widows. These laws are still not enforced in these states because of traditional customs; deep-rooted cultural mores and religious beliefs that tend to compete with and in many cases overshadow the common laws and statutory laws especially in issues that affect women.
Notwithstanding the wide ratification and vaunted commitments to these conventions, recent situation analysis of children and women in Nigeria, shows that in every sector, women’s low status in the society is one of the major underlying causes of the worsening condition of children and women. There are some strategic and over-arching gender concerns that militate against the extension of equal opportunities to women and children and therefore, jeopardize, rather than enhance, sustainable human development. These critical gender issues, which are as serious as they are cross-cutting, include inequality between men and women in social and legal practices, women’s weaker position in decision-making and limited participation of level in governance.
Violence against women is the most acute form of gender inequality in Nigeria. A great majority of the violence against women can be described as Harmful Traditional Practices against Women (HTPs).
Ultimate Tenderhelp Foundation through its Psychological empowerment seminars and rehabilitative measures has been set to support women victims and survivor of gender based violence, enhance access to justice and disadvantaged women participation in the democratic process in their community development association. “The empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of their social, economic and health status is a highly important end in itself; education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge skills and self-confidence necessary to participate in the development process”.
Thousands of lives have been transformed through this aid.
Specific Project Beneficiaries Include:
- Young girls and women victims of sexual and gender violence
- Victims of sex trafficking
- Married women and single ladies in general seeking avenues for psychological/emotional empowerment as to boost personal fulfilment and productivity.