LAGOS – Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), a non-governmental organisation has trained over 120 secondary school students on various vocational skills in the first edition of its WARIF Student Empowerment Programme. The training brought together experts in Makeup, Shoe Making, Fascinator Craft, Jewelry, Baking and Soap Making to teach students on how to learn and become experts in such skills, so as to generate an income for themselves.
Dr. Kemi Da Silva Ibru, Founder of WARIF, while speaking on the relevance of the training said that the initiative further enforces the organisation’s commitment to reducing the prevalence of sexual abuse following a sizable record of survivors whose perpetrators are well known and trusted individuals, most of whom survivors are financially dependent upon.
She stated that the training is one of the key ways of tackling the issue of financial independence of sexual abuse survivors.
“The programme serves to empower young girls and women and to address the issue of the financial gap that exists with women who are in abusive relationships and situations but may not have a vocational skill set and are forced to remain and make poor choices due to this financial constraint,” she added.
Da Silva Ibru further stated that the organisation also operates a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, a safe and secure facility, where all can walk in and where trained staff are available to provide support to survivors through free medical care, legal aid, psycho-social counseling and social welfare with the sole purpose of helping survivors overcome and heal from these traumatic events and ultimately live an independent life free from trauma.
She noted that survivors can also contact the Centre through a 24-hour confidential helpline (08092100009) for immediate assistance, counseling and support.
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