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.