Disadvantaged Women Undergo Training

Disadvantaged Women Undergo Training

 

   Debre Berhan, July 16, 2001 (WIC) - Women graduates of the Debre Berhan Teachers

   Training Institute have pledged to work towards the alleviation of harmful traditional

   practices.

 

   The Women graduates, most of whom were drawn from the disadvantaged section of the

   community, said they will particularly work to eradicate the problem of underage marriage,

   abductions and rape.

 

   Atsede Gulilat, who is one of the 137 graduates and who used to work as a house maid and

   labourer, said she plans to share her experiences with her peer on how she managed to pull

   herself out of her predicament.

 

   According to Chairperson of the North Shoa Zonal Women's Association, Zewdnesh Negatu,

   the Association had been providing a 150 birr monthly stipend to the trainees in collaboration

   with UNICEF.

 

   The programme to finance the training of the disadvantaged women was conducted with the

   view to helping them extricate themselves from poverty, while at the same time using their

   experience in educating women in similar situation.

 

   The Association also plans to carry out similar programmes in the future, Zewdnesh said.