Here's how l'm suporting Women

Mojisola Adewumi
Posted October 10, 2019 from Nigeria
Community women

My name is Adewumi Mojisola from Nigeria.

Here's how l'm suporting Women and Girls.

 

Women Empowerment in Nigeria

 

Women and girls constitute  a large share of the world’s population, Yet , many women around the world are excluded from participating in the developmental issues affecting their livelihood and that of community development , particularly many women in the community level are totally disengage in peace process , lack access to lands right due to customary laws / patriarch practices. Hence women access to lands right and involvement in peace processes are foundation to solving some of the most pressing challenges women face globally. 

As a matter of fact, without enabling women active participation in peace process, access to lands ownership and inheritance, in this case social economic growth, peace and security and the reduction of poverty among women remain compromised.

I set up Global 21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEUR INITIATIVES  Nigeria , is a type of community based development approach with focuses on two key areas: 1.  focus on Women Economic Empowerment , engaging  Women and Girls via Education,  Technical and Entrepreneurship training skills to enabled them set up small Sustainable Business  and become self reliance while educating them on lands Right and Climate Smart Project ,  helping increase household income in financially deprived areas and supporting community-led solutions to challenges women face and; 2. Working with policy makers, To ensure that women in Nigeria are included in the process of  peace development,  including advocating for gender balance in the prevention of violent conflict, delivery of relief  and recovery efforts and in maintaining peace  and security in the community area level.

 This initiative seeks to increase women participation in peace process and   explores the role of advocacy and empowerment as tools to strengthen the rural community’s understanding of gender and land rights. It seeks the active involvement of women in the rural community, using first-hand information to initiate actions. 

Sustainable empowerment for women is a tool to address all forms of social injustice among women. Women must be part of developing solutions to issues concerning them, For instance many CSOs, local and global NGOs and research institutions have played major roles in women’s empowerment , peace and security but the sustainability approach was missing. 

In order to promote sustainable peace and gender equality there is a need to influence the cultural heritage and belief of people in the rural community, to change the mindset of the present and future women which can be achieved through awareness, advocacy and education in a sustainable   manner. Through education on human rights and meaningful engagement, 6000 community women are empowered to play a vital role in their leadership development as well as the community development. This initiatives also provides an innovative approach to tackling the disproportionate impact of land corruption on women in Nigeria  through the introduction of INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY PANELS , consisting of grassroots movement and coalitions, government representatives  , community members, women leaders, religious representatives  and lawyers , the panel are informed about issues relating to women income generation  through land related activities . This panel works with women on income generating activities, while informing and enabling them to improve their livelihoods and involvements in developmental issues that foster peace and security.   Grassroots women have successfully undertaken collective action and have participated in capacity-building programmes, including advocacy, lobbying and mobilization. 

The strength of the collective has given 1500 women the courage to translate their learning into reality and claimed back their land after the death of their husband. Women are trained on vocational skills which help them to become financially independent, while educating them on their human rights and peace process. The direct beneficiaries are women, particularly widows at the age of 25 and above while teenage mothers and older women are also targeted. Teenage mothers are provided with the necessary tools needed to enhance their leadership development skills while older women are supported through improving their awareness on their land rights at the community level. Children of these women are also indirect beneficiaries.

At present, we  are building solutions to climate change and extreme poverty by leveraging  technology for social and environmental welfare - By promoting tree-planting as the most direct form of ecosystem restoration with  cash-backed target programmes. In addition to our  activities , we see training in  lands right  and  climate smart projects  for  community women as critical components for the enhancement of women’s socio-economic situation through income generation from maximizing land use and using natural resources in a sustainable manner. Our main goal is to support , the economic empowerment of women, helping to equip civil society organizations and coalition   with knowledge on supporting rural community women, where women’s self reliance can drive social and economic changes. Allowing women’s active participation in decision-making and awareness of land rights can influence women’s economic empowerment.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Anita Shrestha
Oct 10
Oct 10

Dear Mojisola
Thank you dear for your inspiring story, keep it up continue.

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 10
Oct 10

Many thanks to you Anita
God bless you

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 10
Oct 10

Thank you so much Anita

Anita Shrestha
Oct 10
Oct 10

Well dear

Charity Birla
Oct 10
Oct 10

Great goals and best wishes as you continue to implement and assist the women . Lots of admiration from me.

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 10
Oct 10

Thanks so much Charity.
Lot of love to you too.

Hello, Mojisola,

Wow, the Global 21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEUR INITIATIVES Nigeria is such an impressive initiative! Congratulations for organizing this one.

You are definitely empowering the girls and women in your community. I love that you are inclusive and you integrate peace process and climate projects.

I’m curious how did you come up with this idea? It’s very commendable.

Thank you for doing your part. These 1,500 women will eventually snowball into thousands more. You are making a great impact already. I’m proud of you, dear. Keep up the great work!

Please continue to update us here on World Pulse. Looking forward to it!

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hi Karen ,
Feeling so excited about your encouragement.
Thanks alot .

On how l come about this idea:
Growing up was quite challenging, born and raised up in a community where culture determined the right of women and girls, where women are totally disengaged from the process of development but dream to make a positive difference and influence others strengthen my desire helping women and girls in communities and villages making them a better version of themselves. Sincerely my childhood experiences led me to community services.

Many women in Nigeria are subjected to various forms of social injustice, arising from
Customary practices that support male dominance in land ownership and inheritance, forceful\eviction without compensation, sexual exploitations and most importantly lack of political will and strong institutions to implement policy that supports equal land use and control
Land in my community is a valuable economic resource and the individual’s ability to derive economic or non economic value from land depends upon existing land rights. Therefore, the lack of access to land and ownership rights results in a lack of collateral. This, in turn, limits access to farming and credit facilities, thus increasing levels of poverty among rural women.
Having seen the continous trends of misplaced right among community women ,motivates me to set up Global 21st Century Entrepreneurs initiatives.
Pls follow up with us on :
https://www.linkedin.com/in/adewumi-mojisola-ileola-2368a3136
https://twitter.com/AdewumiMojisola?s=08
https://www.theintroducermagazine.com/
http://www.trustconference.com/changemakers/
Link to published international Article: Read the full proposal through this link.

https//landportal.org/news/2019/03/african-youth-fight-land-corruption

Youth Impact Game Changer: Adewumi Mojisola (Nigeria) https://www.theintroducermagazine.com/youth-impact-game-
changer-adewumi-mojisola-nigeria/

Hello, dear,

You are welcome. I hold a degree in Community Development. I have worked in NGOs, too. So your initiatives really impressed me. :)

Wow, I'm so proud of you, dear sister. I'm inspired by your passion to create social transformation in your country. You were such an observant and wise girl to turn your challenges into a revolution.

Thank you for the links you provided. I connected with you on LinkedIn and followed you on Twitter. Congratulations on the feature and interview. Keep up the great work!

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thanks alot dearest sister

You are welcome, dear. :)

Lisbeth
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Mojisola,
I must appluad you for this wonderful project. I am amazed at the community number membership 6000 wow!.
I also loved your idea of extending this empowerment to widows of 25years splendid dear. Go higher the sky should not be the limit. Have a great weekend.
Regards

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Lisbeth,
Many thanks to you dearest sister for your encouragement.

Regards

Lisbeth
Oct 11
Oct 11

Welcome dear :-)

Beth Lacey
Oct 11
Oct 11

Good luck with your work!

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thanks alot Beth

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hello Dear Mojisola,

How are you doing, love? Thanks so much for sharing your update and impressive work! You rock! It sounds like you've impressed quite a few WP sisters, as well as empowered so many women already in your community, and beyond! Keep up the excellent work!
XX

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 13
Oct 13

Thanks dearest sister Jill
You are amazing.

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

You're very welcome:-)

So are you!!

XX

Elizabeth Ziro
Oct 16
Oct 16

Dear one, Keep it up, you are truly doing an amazing job

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 17
Oct 17

Thank you so much Elizabeth

SeemaKhandale
Oct 25
Oct 25

Great work!!!

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 25
Oct 25

Thank you SeemaKhandale

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 25
Oct 25

Thank you to every one for your encouragement.
Love you all.

Regards
Adewumi Mojisola

Mojisola Adewumi
Oct 25
Oct 25

Thank you all

bijingsi78
Nov 04
Nov 04

Mujisola u are doing a wonderful job.Thsnk u so much for empowering women and also making women know they have a right to own lands and properties

Mojisola Adewumi
Nov 05
Nov 05

Thanks so much dearest sister.
Warm regards

Mojisola