The four day workshop,  held in Owerri, the Imo State capital and had 30 participants as its first batch beneficiaries.

In an interview, the Executive  Director, Centre for the Right to Health, Dr. Stella Iwuagwu said that the training would help the participants to understand the intersections of gender based violence and disabilities.

She charged beneficiaries of the workshop to champion the cause of women with disabilities and prevention of gender based violence.

Dr. Iwuagwu who expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the workshop, encouraged participants to deploy the knowledge and build the capacity of others.

Also speaking, the Programme Director, CRH, Sir Bede Eziefule disclosed that the training was divided into three batches and 30 participants were trained in the first batch, adding that no fewer than 110 persons would be trained.

He admonished participants to engage both the religious and traditional leaders in their various communities while leading advocacy on the need to end gender based violence particularly against women with disabilities.

He reminded them to use the developed-framework to enlighten their  community members on the ills of stigmatization and discrimination against women and girls with disabilities.

Noting that women with disabilities have untapped potentials, Sir Bede advised beneficiaries of the workshop to brace up the challenge, defend themselves and educate those around them to be gender sensitive.

One of the Resource Persons and Communication Research Consultant, Mr. Tim Aniegbunam had explained the forms and models of disability, as well as the key barriers and misconceptions about women and girls with disability.

Stressing that Disability has been a reality of humanity from generations past to date, as it could affect anyone, irrespective of age, gender, race, colour, Aniegbunam called on governments at all levels to support every genuine cause on ending gender based violence.   

Mobilizer and Coordinator for GBV, CRH, Mrs. Tina Iweh said the workshop served as an eye opener for her and promised to utilize the opportunity of the workshop to enlighten the public on GBV and as well, assist women with disabilities to open up such connections that could be beneficial to them.

Secretary, National Association of Disabled Women, Imo State Chapter, Godstime Egbuchulam was full of gratitude to CRH for being a partaker of the workshop  and promised to put the knowledge to good use.

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