Campaign Update

AGENCY BASED EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP WITH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT ANTIDOTE TO POVERTY AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Obisakin Busayo
Posted July 4, 2018 from Nigeria
MORO VILLAGE WOMEN A YEAR AFTER THE AGENCY EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP
The end of the year ceremony of Moro women after the Agency Empowerment Workshop

Little did I know how true this above assertion is when I started Women Inspiration development Center 8 years ago? As the World Pulse Award Recipient of 2009 Voice of our future correspondence, I was qualified to attend Empowerment Institute, USA where I was trained as an Agency Based Empowerment Workshop trainer. Immediately I came back, Women Inspiration Development Center was established to create a safe place for Nigerian women and girls in challenging situation to find their voices, expressing their power and living their dreams through delivering agency which is a game changer for women empowerment.

 Women Inspiration Development Center organized the Agency Based Empowerment Workshop for 250 women in 5 different rural communities in Nigeria this year. Based on data collected by our Monitoring and Evaluation team before the empowerment workshop, 95% of these women were jobless and no business that can bring money to them, they just relied on whatever their husband could give them. Also, (80%) were facing one form of GBV or the other while 20% were not sure whether they have experienced GBV before. It was also discovered that 90% of these women could not read and write while the remaining 10% could write their names and other simple words. We also gathered that 65% of the women were facing domestic violence especially wife battering, 100% had gone through female circumcision, 20% had experienced rape at one time or the other.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE WORKSHOP

Immediately after the Empowerment Workshop, 65% of the women developed clear vision on owning their economic power and their freedom from abuse. Before we left the villages, WIDC established the women into “Support Groups” where they were meeting weekly to monitor each other’s growth. During their meetings they were also and also contributing money no matter how small inform of “Table Banking”. This money they are contributing, they were borrowing each other weekly and the person that borrows the money must use it to start a small business.

SIX MONTHS AFTER THE WORKSHOP

 Six months after the agency empowerment workshop and economic empowerment through participation in support group and table banking, Women Inspiration Development center visited the villages again to see how the women were doing and how they were growing in their visions. We then found out that 68% of the women have established viable businesses and were making money, 45% said they were receiving more respect from their husbands than before, while 5% was ready to leave their abusive husbands and start new lives on their own. 

A year after the empowerment workshop, Women Inspiration Development Center visited the women again in their villages to check their growth and how their businesses were moving. We found out that 12 of the women now have large farms of cassava and plantation. The businesses of the 68% of the women have doubled what it was during our first visit.

 

 

OUR CONCLUSION

Our conclusion is there is high prevalence of GBV against women and girls in Nigeria especially rural women and the main reason is that most of them lack economic power and thus rely on their husbands for means of livelihood. As a result of this, the women kept on enduring the abuse from their husbands because they were afraid that they will be kicked out of their homes with nothing to fall back on. 

The study also concluded that the agency empowerment workshop has helped the women to develop the courage to speak out against their abusive situations, they were able to own their powers and also have vision to be economically viable to take their rightful positions in their homes and community at large. 

Four of our women have been invited to the leadership meetings in their villages. They are now part of decision makers in their communities which is a huge success for us

HOW YOU CAN HELP US

We are planning to scale the Agency Based Empowerment Workshop in Nigeria. These workshop is needed by all women and girls all over the world especially developing countries where there are so much poverty. 

To be able to reach more women and girls for these empowerment workshop, we are planning to scale agency based empowerment workshop in Nigeria. We want to have “Delivery Agency Center” where NGOs working with women and girls from any part of Nigeria and neighboring countries could be invited for agency Empowerment Workshop training. We will be targeting 20 NGOs working with women and girls every year and after their training, they will organize the empowerment workshops for 10,000 women and girls. By these WIDC will be reaching 10,000 every year. 

Imagine 10,000 women and girls claiming their economic power yearly!

The ripple effect after five years will be unimaginable!

Support us in any little way you can, share us with your network and you can be mentors for these girls. You can donate on our fundraising page in Global Giving through this link.  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-nigerian-young-women/ 

Thank you!

 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

350

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Ngwa Damaris
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

This is wonderful!!! We will supportv this project by every means :)

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018
Jafreen Alamgir
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Great to see your work for empowering people from the grassroots level.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Thank you Jafreen for the encouragement

Busayo

jlanghus
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Hi Busayo. Thanks for sharing your videos, work and workshop plan. How can I help? Do you need local mentors? Did you look on the "community" page to see who else in Nigeria may have NGOs that you weren't aware of that could join in?

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Hi Jill

The main thing now is for me to recruit NGOs that would be sending their leaders for the training so that they can be organising the workshop for the women and girls they are working with in their NGO. I have my mentor that has been working with me from the Empowerment Institute and Imagine global. The piloting of the scaling we want to start by September. I will be starting with 5 NGOs. They key thing I need now is to put the centre in Place and funding for the scaling. 

Thank you

Warmly

Busayo

jlanghus
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Hi Busayo:) Thanks for the clarification. That's great that you have a mentor to help you:)

Sounds like you have a great plan in place. Looking forward to updates.

Olubee
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Well done Sis.Great Job you are doing.There is so much poverty in Nigeria,and women are the most affected, through Empowernment agency like yours our women and girls will be liberated. The idea of a delivery centre is a great one , where Ngos can also come for training.I will check up your page to see how i can be part of this development.

Much love

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Thank you Olubee for your encouragement. I will let you know when we are recruiting the NGO for the scaling if you will like to be involved with the program.

Love

Busayo

Olubee
Jul 04, 2018
Jul 04, 2018

Well done Sis.Great Job you are doing.There is so much poverty in Nigeria,and women are the most affected, through Empowernment agency like yours our women and girls will be liberated. The idea of a delivery centre is a great one , where Ngos can also come for training.I will check up your page to see how i can be part of this development.

Much love

AGNES TUMASANG
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Thanks for the work  In fact it is with joy that i read your work i have 

impacted more than 50 women since i attained the last exhibition in Yaounde when my work was passed over the CRTV so many women now produce coconut oil. I will like to be part of the workshop.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you for the encouragement my Sister. Very well when the scaling of the workshop begin, we will surely invite you for the training.

Thank you

Warmest Love

Busayo

Ngala Nadege
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

hello sis .I am really overwhelm  with your project. It is very good. Women economic power and monopoly is very important not just to her but to the entire community as a whole.Keep up and if there is anything I can do for this project to grow to higher hights don't hesitate to contact me.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you so much my sister! I will keep this in mind and contact you at any time I will need your assistance

Warmest Love

Busayo

Stephanie Mah
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Hi sister. Thanks for sharing your story about the work shop.l am organizing a work shop the women in my community. We are behind you sister.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you Sister for your encouragement and backing

Love

Busayo

Sharon Makunura
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

This is great work!

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you my Sister for the encouragement

Love

Busayo

kyla
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018

Hi Busayo, it was wonderful to read about your work and the incredible impact you've already had on so many women. Thank you for your vision to empower so many more and I hope you get all the NGO partners you need to help expand your impact.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you so much KYLA for the encouragement. Deep gratitudes

Warmest Love

Busayo

Sister Zeph
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

wow what an amazing workshop , i love your idea of workshop please carry on we need more women like you in our world 

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you Sister Zeph for your encouragement and love. I appreciate!

Warmest Love

Busayo

Tarke Edith
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Dear sister Obisakin thanks very much for the work you are caring over there l know sister how dificult it is to empower women keep up sis we shall do well to support you.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you so much my Sister for your encouragement

Warmest Love

Busayo 

leila Kigha
Jul 12, 2018
Jul 12, 2018

Wonderful sister. Congratulations on every thing done so far. 

We are together on this, Ready to support you make a difference.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 15, 2018
Jul 15, 2018

Thank you my dear Sister for the encouragement. So good to hear from you

Warmest Love

Busayo

Mercy Kusi
Jul 15, 2018
Jul 15, 2018

Thanks for leading the way with this wonderful project.

Obisakin Busayo
Jul 15, 2018
Jul 15, 2018

Thank you my Sister for your encouragement

Love

Busayo