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Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) RC 28137A is a CAC registered Non-Governmental Organisation which provides multi-sectoral interventions with a gender-sensitive focus and has a vision to enlighten women by giving them access to vital simplified information that will help them achieve their life’s goals, expose them to various opportunities, encourage women of all ages to imbibe the virtue of hard work and accountability, encourage reading culture and professionalism amongst women, encourage IT Literacy, encourage women participation in policy formulation and governance, encourage and promote girl child education in Nigeria, hold accountable various organisations whose mandate is to address women’s needs, encourage girl child education in Nigeria and work towards the achievement of MDGs 2, 3, 4 & 5. We design and deliver relevant developmental initiatives and use creative means to build self-esteem and confidence in girls and women and youth in general.


MISSION STATEMENT: PROVIDE MULTI-SECTORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT OF GIRLS AND WOMEN

VISION: ACHIEVE EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ENLIGTHENMENT.


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

    • Enlighten Girls/Women on health, political, economic and social issues and topics
    • Encourage Girl-child Education
    • Inspire Girls/Women to aspire to be the best they can be - Aim for Excellence
    • Encourage political participation of girls/women and civic education for women
    • Enlighten girls/women on preventive health measures
    • Advocate for women’s rights through programmes, advertorials and participation by girls/women in the form of article writing, essay competitions etc
    • Work towards the accomplishment of Millennium Development Goals 2, 3, 4 and 5
    • Make simplified information accessible to girls/women at no cost
    • Get involved in and advocate for progressive budgeting practices and good governance initiatives
    • Advocating for legislation for women’s rights and the rights of the girl child
    • Using creative means like sports to build self-esteem and confidence in girls and women and youth in general.
THE MAIN ACTIVITIES OF OUR ORGANISATION ARE:

v Empowerment and Topical Seminars (Focuses on issues like HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cancer (Breast, Cervical etc) Excelling in careers, Girl-Child Education, MDG awareness, Health practices etc

v Bi-Monthly Newsletters featuring topics that touch on health, politics, economic empowerment, security, food and nutrition etc v Website and IT Literacy programs: Access to the same information in our newsletters and also a lot of helpful resources. This also supposed to encourage IT literacy among girls and women.

v Advocacy and Participation: This involves media advocacy and speaking out to inspire women to greater heights as well as speaking out against infringement on women’s rights in the nation. It also involves making a case for necessary legislation for enforcements of women’s rights.

v Sports, Recreational, Intervention and Step down Programs: These programs are usually designed in collaboration with other organization to further the development of women in the various subject matters.

Find out more about us on our website www.eweinitiative.org. This wiki will enable you post messages and contribute to our work. You can also learn more about us in our About Us page and how you can support our work by clicking on the Support Us link.

You can obtain copies of our Free Bi-Monthly Newsletters and you can also view the online version by clicking on EWEI News





NEWS AND EVENTS

APRIL 2013

EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE (EWEI) MARKS 2013 WORLD HEALTH DAY ON THE 7TH APRIL, 2013.

Each year around the world, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7, thousands of events occur not just on this day but throught out April to mark the day. Organisations, governments, charities, education institutions, women groups, corporations and media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant and related to the main theme provided by the World Health Organisation. The 2013 WHD theme was Hypertesion. Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative (EWEI) marked the day by engaging the Kaduna Prison Women's Association in a seminar on managing the health of women in a conducive environment.
Participants during the session

EWEI Programme Officer Media and Pubilicity Ms. Joy Anthony and her assistant Mr. Ohis Amu along with Mr. Haruna Dankiwo a health worker visited the above metioned association on 7 April 2013 to conduct blood pressure checks on the women as well provide them with health advice on how to prevent high blood pressure and maintain a healthy level. The high level of stress women in (and connected to) that profession was a major reason they were targeted as beneficiaries of the activity. Their jobs include taking care of inmates and maintaining law and order in the prison. A lot of these women therefore neglect practicing preventive health measures.

This prompted EWEI to organize this programme in other to create awareness and provide an opportunity for the women to check their blood pressure to mark the World Health Day. The average blood pressure of the beneficiaries was 120/70 which is normal blood pressure for very woman while the highest was150/100. This is not normal blood pressure a woman or anybody should have. The following can make your blood pressure high: too much salt intake, alcohol, tobacco, heavy body weight, not eating a balanced diet and sometimes blood pressure rises during pregnancy; that is, some women have high blood pressure during their pregnancy period.
Haruna Dankiwo during his presentationParticipant makng a point
The ideal blood pressure should 120/70 and should be maintained by reducing salt intake, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, taking regular physical activity/exercise and avoiding tobacco use. Normal blood pressure can also be maintained by having enough rest after a hard day's work. It is also vitally important to check your blood pressure regularly- if possible monthly.
A total of 19 women, 2 EWEI staff and 1 resource person participated in the WHD event.
“Today we the women of prison staff association now know that too much salt can increase our blood pressure and we thank Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative for making us to be aware of it”….. Mrs. Sarah Solomon

“It is a good initiative and I am happy to be a part of what Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative is doing creating awareness and helping this women to know their blood pressure because health is wealth”………..Mr. Haruna Dankiwo

Checking Participants' Blood PressureGroup Photo


MARCH 2013

ITS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY !!!!!!
8 MARCH 2013 IWD
EWEI IWD 2013 Prince School
Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) is marking the day by engaging students in expressing their views on how violence against girls and women can be stopped.


Students from four GGSS Independence Way Senior, GGSS Independence Way Junior, GGSS Doka Kaduna and Prince School Narayi Kaduna took part in these activities. Students received fact sheets, to help them reflect and develop their ideas on the theme of the day.
EWEI 2013 IWD Mrs E.Audi
EWEI staff visited the above named schools from 5 - 6 March 2013 to carry out the proposed activities and the promote them on 8 March through our social media channels and wiki.


Both girls and boys appended the end violence against women posters and sent their messages across on speech bubbles which will be featured on our website, social media and quarterly newsletter.



There will also be brief interviews through which we will capture quotes and sound bites for posting through our social media channels.







FEBUARY 2013

EWEI AT A ONE DAY EDUCATION SUMMIT WITH THE THEME ”EDUCATION FOR ALL IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL”
ON 14TH FEBRUARY 2013 AT GENERAL HASSAN USMAN KATSINA HOUSE KADUNA.

EWEI Participated in a one day Education summit organized by the Honorable Commissioner of Education Kaduna State with the Theme” Education for all is the responsibility of all” on 14th February 2013 at General Hassan Usman Katsina house. The summit brought in the Governor of Kaduna State, newly elected Chairmen of Kaduna State's 22 Local Government Areas to discuss and create reform in the Education Sector in Kaduna State.

EWEI COMMEMORATES WORLD CANCER DAY 4 FEBRUARY 2013 BY EWEI
Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative (EWEI) commemorated the World Cancer Day 2013 on 4th February, 2013 at Bethel International Schools, Television, Kaduna, Nigeria. With a focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, EWEI marked the 2013 World Cancer Day under the tagline “cancer- Did you know?” with 15 young girls attending Bethel Comprehensive Schools, Television in a one day seminar to create awareness on cancer, its causes, prevention and control measures.
Group Photo at EWEI's 2013 WCD Commemoration

From the pre and post evaluation done, the girls knowledge on causes of cancer, symptoms of cancer, treatment and beliefs about cancer increase significantly by 30%, 55%, 50% and 60% respectively. Their knowledge about the prevention of cancer also increased by 75%. They also left the seminar equipped with skills on good ways to respond when engaging with cancer patients and the general tips on proactive ways for cancer prevention. A total number of 21 people participated in the program including one resource person, 2 EWEI staff, 3 staff of Bethel Schools and 15 girls aged 15-22 years from SS1- SS3.


JANUARY 2013

EWEI KICKS OFF 2013 QITH ESP EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR HELD ON 19 JANUARY 2013 AT EWEI HQ, KADUNA NIGERIA

The ESP Empowerment seminar is a platform where EWEI Beneficiaries learns how to be good leaders, communication skills and learn life and income generating skills. EWEI organized an Empowerment Seminar for her ESP Beneficiaries on 19 January, 2013.

The programme started at 10:30am with the opening prayer led by Bilkisu Gwabin, introductions was made while the welcome note and Review of ESP was taken by EWEI's Programme Officer Administration and Logistics, Mavis Orjime. Christiana Arams facilitated the Life skills session with the topic “GOAL SETTING”. The girls were taught how they can achieve their goals; whether it is a long term goal or short term goal. The girls then took part in group work on the Importance of goal setting and Obstacles to goal setting.

EWEI kicks off 2013 with ESP Empowerment Seminar!

The girls were also given assignments to take home and submit before the next ESP Empowerment Seminar in May 2013. The Skills acquisition session was conducted by Joy Anthony Programme Officer Media and Publicty EWEI; the girls were taught how to make petroleum jelly and hair cream to help them generate income. The closing remarks was taken by Mavis Orjime, she thanked the girls for coming and encouraged them to continue to work hard in school particularly with the for the S.S.C.E examinations coming up. 5 ESP Beneficiaries, 3 Staff and 1 Resource person was present at the ESP Empowerment Seminar.



DECEMBER 2012

EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE 2012 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 21 DECEMBER 2012 AT EWEI HEADQUARTERS, KADUNA, NIGERIA

After a warm welcome by the Programme Director, Safiya Ibn Garba the Sec. BOT Mr. Tunde Ajiga thanked everyone for their support in 2012, highlighting the fact that all that has been achieved would not have been without the support and goodwill of partners and called for more support in 2013.
EWEI programme Director in her review of 2012 said that 2012 was a challenging year. With the drastic change in structure and high expectations, 2012 also however brought about a lot of success stories. In a brief on active projects in 2012, she said over 1,101 girls and women directly benefitted
from the Know and Say No, CEPWOP, EWEI NEWS and ESP projects in 2012. The Programme Director said several commemorative days were marked and some as part of the above named projects. Days that were marked included the International Day of the Girl Child, International Day of the Rural Woman and the Universal Children's Day.

Other days marked included the Day for the Elimination of Gender Based Violence, World Cancer and International Women's day. EWEI's Partnership with the State Accountability and Voice Initiative, Gender Working Group and Generations For Peace saw continuous and productive collaboration.

AGM 2012 Group Photo
As part of information sharing the 2011 Annual Report was distributed to partners in Janary 2012 and likewise the 2012 Annual Report will be distributed in early 2013 to keep all partners up to date with all happenings. Programme Officer Administration and Logistics Mavis Orjime then gave a synopsis of the challenges faced in 2012.

The meeting closed at 5:55pm after several closing remarks and thanks from EWEI Staff and Management.









EWEI AT 2 DAY END OF THE YEAR AP REFLECTION ORGANIZED BY SAVI ON 12th – 13th DECEMBER, 2012 AT SAMINAKA AGRO-ALLIED RESORT, SAMINAKA , KADUNA.
Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative attended and participated in a workshop under the Gender Working Group (GWG) organized by State Accountability Voice Initiative (SAVI) on 12-13 December , 2012 at Saminaka Agro Allied Resort, Saminaka,Kaduna.
The objective of the workshop was to review every Advocacy Partnership's (AP) activities for 2012 and develop a work plan for 2013. This would help each AP reflect on the successes and achievements and apply lessons learned in planning for 2013. The workshop was facilitated by Mrs. Ramatu Aliyu, Mr. Kilanko and Mrs. Rebecca Sako-John who helped the group to reflect on their perspective on gender which led to the review of the AP’s vision and mission and the drafting of the 2013 work plan.
In the telling your story session, GWG gave a rundown of gender mainstreaming and how it has helped partnership with the government of the state on education. The plan for 2013 by GWG includes partnership with the media and State House of Assembly.

NOVEMBER 2012

COMMEMORATION OF ELIMINATION OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ON THE 26TH NOVEMBER, 2012 AT FIDA OFFICE, KEFFI ROAD BY LAGOS STREET, KADUNA AS PART OF EWEI's KNOW AND SAY NO PROJECT

Exchange Forum For Social Welfare Workers and Legal Personnel
Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative facilitated a forum for Kaduna North Local Government social welfare workers and female legal practitioners to build the capacity of social welfare workers on gender issues and how to handle gender based violence in their duties on 26th November, 2012 at FIDA Office, Kaduna. This forum is a part of a continuing project, Know and Say No which is primarily concerned with raising awareness about gender based violence as well as strengthening institutional capacities to address the pandemic of gender based violence. Know and Say No provides a platform for effective actions towards the protection of minority rights and a voice for vulnerable groups.
The forum was a follow up to a capacity building workshop held by in November 2011. A total number of 14 persons participated in the forum including 9 Social welfare workers from Kaduna North Local Government , 1 FIDA personnel, 2 EWEI staff, 1 EWEI Mentor and 1 EWEI Volunteer .Please contact EWEI for full report.

EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE (EWEI) MARKS UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY ON THE 20TH NOVEMBER, 2012.

Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative EWEI, commemorated the Universal Children's Day on the 20th November 2012 with the three year theme set by the UN titled ‘’World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.’’ By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

The Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
EWEI marked the day by having both adults and children lend their voices to what positive parenting is in a Voix Pox. Teachers, parents and children participated and all tried to distinguish where the line lies between discipline and punishment and the role that parents and teachers play in the life of a child. Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative Staff, Mavis Orjime and Joy Anthony also featured on a DITV program , “Teens and Tweens” where they talked extensively on how positive parenting helps in shaping a child. They also advised all adults to take responsibility in making sure that the society produces responsible citizens by investing good discipline in children.




OCTOBER 2012


EWEI FIELD VISIT TO GODDY FARMS NARAYI KADUNA IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE RURAL WOMEN HELD ON THE 15TH OCTOBER 2012.


Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative organized a one day field visit for women from Sabo community on fish farming, rearing and cultivation. The field trip to Goddy Farms Narayi, Kaduna benefitted 5 women from the community .

The farm director Mr Godwin Manku taught the women how to rear fish to generate income,explaining to the beneficiaries how they can easily start up a fish farm with a very small earthen pond stocked up with a hundred fingerlings and feed them with tiny fish for 4 months, after which they can be harvested for sale.


EWEI Team at Goddy Farms on IDRW Field Visit 5 Women from Sabo community, 1 staff of Youth, Orphans and Widow Empowerment as well as 2 EWEI Staff attended the Program.


Some feedback from the trip:

"From this field trip I have learnt not to stay idle, with a little sum of money I can start up a fish farm. I have also learnt that starting a fish farm is less expensive than poultry; this can help me both in feeding my family and for my livelihood. Glory S Jacob

"People always complain of lack of jobs in Nigeria, but with fish farming one can be self-employed and also employ others, this will also increase the rate of employment in our communities and nation at large. " Patience Yohanna

"Women in our communities mostly go into crop farming neglecting fish farming because they don’t have any idea about it, with my knowledge I can now start up my own fish farm and also teach others." Martina Patrick


Please contact EWEI for full report.






EWEI CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD WITH GIRLS VOICING OUT

The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It is a UN observance that is annually held on October 11. In December 2011, the United Nations declared that the International Day of the Girl Child be observed every October 11 to raise awareness about the challenges that millions of girls face every day. By establishing the International Day of the Girl Child, the UN affirms its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls. The theme for the first ever observance of this day is "Ending Child Marriage."
On this day, many community and political leaders talk to the public about the importance of girl’s rights to equal education and their fundamental freedoms. It is also an opportunity for the girls themselves to express their views and be heard. Various events are held to showcase the work that people are doing to empower girls through active support and engagement with parents, families, and the wider community.

Quick Facts
Health








  • A baby girl is breastfed six to eight weeks less than a baby boy. Nearly one million child deaths could be prevented each year if girls were exclusively breastfed during their first six months of life.1
  • Half of all stunting happens in utero as a result of an undernourished mother. 2
  • In India, 47% of all adolescent girls are underweight.3
  • Children and Marriage
  • Nearly half of all girls in developing countries become mothers before they are 18 years old.4
  • 50,000 girls die annually during childbirth, making it the number one killer of girls between age 15-19.4
  • 1 out of every 3 girls is married by the age of 18. 4
Education
  • 36 million primary school aged girls are not enrolled in school.5
  • On average, girls receive only six years of formal education in their lives.5
  • Every year of secondary school a girl attends elevates her future income by 10-20%.6
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to surive past age five.6
  • Improved education of girls alone was responsible for a 43% total reduction in undernutrition across 63 countries between 1971 and 1995.7
  • When given equal access to resources and education, women can bring down the number of hungry people worldwide by 16%.8
Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) is commemorating the day in 2012 with a video montage of girls age 15 - 17 years speaking out on what they believe their rights are. This montage will feature girls from different communities in Kaduna State, some of whom benefit directly from EWEI programmes.
Included in the video will be students of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Independence Way Kaduna Junior and Senior sections, students of GGSS Doka and Prince School Narayi. Please follow this link to watch Voice Out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jShxkVkrHek&feature=plcp.


SEPTEMBER 2012

ESP EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR ORGANISED BY EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE HELD AT ABANTU FOR DEVELOPMENT AHMADU BELLO WAY KADUNA ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 AT 9:00AM

Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative (EWEI) organized the quarterly Empowerment Seminar for her Educational Subsidy Program beneficiaries on 22nd September, 2012 at ABANTU for Development at 9:00am. The Seminar started with the opening prayer led by a student, Alifa, after which introductions were made by all present.

EWEI Program Officer, Administration and Logistics, Ms Mavis Orjime welcomed all participants giving an overview of the Educational Subsidy Program. She then reviewed the school projects carried out by the girls in the previous term and praised their efforts, saying EWEI is very proud of them. She also asked about the impact the hand washing campaign had made in their schools.
The girls confirmed that hand washing had improved and the school authorities have ensured the continuous washing of the school toilets after they took the initiative to wash them.

Group

The Resource Person, Christy Arams then facilitated a presentation on life skills titled “Self Esteem”. She stated that every human being is unique in their own way and led participants in coming up with an acceptable definition of what self esteem is. Assignments were given to the girls to be submitted in a week’s time.

Joy Anthony, Programmer Officer Media and Publicity EWEI taught the girls practically the skill of making Ginger drink which is a first aid drink for sore throats and cold. A total number of 14 persons were present at the seminar including 5 ESP beneficiaries, 5 volunteers at WED campaign, 1 resource person, 2 EWEI staff and 1 volunteer.

EWEI CEPWOP TOWN HALL MEETING ON 14 SEPTEMBER 2012 AT TUM COMMUNITY HALL KAURA L.G.A. KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA.


The Civic Education and Participation Women Project (CEPWOP) is a means of addressing the under-representation of women and excluded groups in political space, giving voice to citizens concerns and encouraging participatory governance. CEPWOP was initiated in November 2010 by Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI). Since November 2012 over 2,325 had benefited from the project through training seminars, step down sessions, town hall meetings and distribution of information, education and communication materials.


CEPWOP delegates have been trained by EWEI to step down their knowledge at the grassroots. These women leaders are actively taking the CEPWOP message back to their communities and promoting inclusive governance. Mrs. Theresa Biniyat


On 14 September 2012, CEPWOP delegate Ms. Theresa Biniyat organised a town hall meeting at Tum Community Hall in Kaura Local Government. The objective of the town hall meeting was to enable engagement between aspiring office holders, politicians in office, community leaders and women in the community.



The theme of the meeting was “Women's Participation in Politics”. Facilitated by CEPWOP delegate and Founder Youth, Orphans and Widows Empowerment (YOWE) Theresa Biniyat, the town hall meeting focused on the need of women to involved in politics and know their rights in the community. Presentations at the event included the welcome address by the district head George M Laah who stressed on the need to elect credible leaders in the next local government elections.

One of the aspirants Hon John Benedict Laah; contesting for the post of councillorship of Tum LGA gave reasons why he is contesting and promised to work with the women in the community to address their needs if elected. Joseph Major Baba, a Senior Legislative Aide at the Federal House of Representatives Abuja gave a speech on the need for women's participation in politics as this will bring development to the community. Joseph Major Baba promised to support 100 men and women who are ready to go back to school for a year.


Cross section of Participants at Town Hall Meeting
Mrs. Theresa Biniyat said she will ensure that the names of those interested are forwarded to EWEI for proper follow up. In addition, Joy Anthony Programme Officer Media and Publicity, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative gave a brief on CEPWOP and activities since the inception of the programme. She also voi ced the need to vote leaders who will provide social amenities to the community and encouraged women to get involved in politics as the world needs women who will make a change and bring lasting peace to their communities.

The participants thanked EWEI for organizing the programme and expressed their joy at the opportunities that have emerged from the meeting.


The Town Hall meeting was supported by Open Meadows Foundation NY, USA. In attendance at the town hall meeting were 31 participants, 19 women of Tum comunity, 4 community leaders, 4 politicians, 2 youth leaders and 2 CEPWOP delegates.

The town hall meeting was facilitated in English, Hausa and Tum languages. Some of the participants shared their thoughts about the CEPWOP town hall meeting :

Mary Gwazah, Participant: "A community that is peaceful depends on the women that are found there and development can be attained through the effort of community leaders and politicians."

Tabita Bala , Partticipant : From the first CEPWOP organized, I have learnt a lot and even in this program, I am looking forward to a time where the women of Tum will be heard and assisted in politics ."

George M Laah, District Head Tum Community: "Education is the best thing a woman can obtain to go into politics, so women should enroll in school and encourage their children to be educated."

Joseph Major Bala, Senior Legislative Aide Federal House of Representatives: "Politics is not a dirty game as people think, it is important as this improves the life of a community and makes it easier to ensure the provision of social amenities to the people."


JULY 2012

EWEI AT CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY SAVI FOR GENDER WORKING GROUP ON 16th – 18th JULY, 2012 AT BAFRA INTERNATIONAL HOTELS, KADUNA.

Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative attended and participated in a workshop under the Gender Working Group (GWG) organized by State Accountability Voice Initiative (SAVI)on 16 - 18 July, 2012 at Bafra International Hotel, Kaduna.

The objective of the workshop was to revisit the Partnership vision, mission and objectives and also conduct a partnership assessment so as to strengthen capacity of the partnership to engage in monitoring and advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion and also map out strategies to take off the Social Inclusion Platform.

The workshop was facilitated by Gender Expert, Mrs Titilato Fakuyo, who helped the group to review their perspective on gender thereby reviewing the AP’s vision and mission. In the capacity assessment, gaps were identified in the partnership and hence a resolution to go back and form a leadership structure to propel the partnership and also find ways of strengthening the gaps.

EWEI has played a strong role in the GWG partnership since 2010 and held various leadership positions within the partnership, contributing her quota to collective Civil Society action for improved governance and addressing gender issues in Kaduna state, Nigeria.

JUNE 2012
EWEI CELEBRATES WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2012 AND MARKS HER 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH HER ESP BENEFICIARIES TAKING THE LEAD IN SCHOOL HYGIENE THROUGH THE GETTING INVOLVED PROJECT
Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative marked her four year anniversary by joining her ESP beneficiaries to commemorate the 2012 World Environment Day through the “Sanitation and School Hygiene Initiative as part of the Getting Involved Project” on the 6th of June,2012 at Government Girls Secondary schools (Senior)Independence way, Kaduna and Government Girls secondary School, Doka (Senior).
Group Picture on WED
The events took place at 7:30am and 10am respectively in the two schools. Championed by Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative’s Educational Subsidy Program beneficiaries: Bilikisu A. Gwabin SS2 and Laritshimwa Polycarp SS2 from GGSS Independence way , as well as Bilikisu Suleiman SS1 and Jemilat Abdulkareem, SS2, GGSS Doka Senior in their respective schools, the girls highlighted the importance of hand washing to their colleagues and teachers at the assembly grounds and also demonstrated proper hand washing. After the demonstrations at the assembly, the girls organized their friends and classmates to volunteer in cleaning the toilets in their schools.
ESP Beneficiary Bilkisu Suleiman
At GGSS Independence way, 7 girls joined the 2 beneficiaries and together they cleaned and washed 7 student toilets and 6 staff toilets making a total number of 13 toilets cleaned in the school. At GGSS Doka, 14 volunteers joined their 2 class mates who cleaned two staff toilets. The student toilet has since been out of use in the school and is not accessible.

The campaign modelled the values and qualities EWEI stands for and was a good way to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of EWEI. The girls demonstrated excellent communication and leadershipship skills by being able to mobilize their peers to join in their cause. EWEI on her own part as sponsoring organization donated washing hand bowls for 30 classes in both schools. i.e 15 classes each. Other items donated by EWEI include washing hand soap which is to be shared weekly to all classes, detergents, toilet brushes, flyers that show the stages in hand washing to be placed in each class room, antiseptic and other materials needed for the campaign. The volunteers have agreed that it is not just a one off activity but a continous one where they will wash the toilets every two weeks. It is important to know that most of the volunteers are school prefects.

Washing together
Both school managements expressed their gratitude and wished EWEI a happy four year anniversary. The projects were monitored by Mavis Orjime, Program Officer Admin, Mr Fanen Terdoo, Assistant Program Officer, Admin and Ms Christiana Arams, the Mentor and Resource person, ESP.



MAY 2012

EWEI QUARTERLY EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR FOR ESP BENEFICIARIES ORGANISED BY EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE HELD ON 19TH MAY 2012 AT EWEI OFFICE, KADUNA, NIGERIA.

Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative organized the quarterly Empowerment Seminar for her Educational Subsidy Program beneficiaries on 19th May, 2012 at EWEI office at 9:00am. The program started with a welcome address by the Program Officer, Administration and Logistics, Mavis Orjime, who appreciated all for coming. She then gave a review of the ESP journey so far and apologized to the beneficiaries for the lateness in paying this term’s school fees.
ESP Beneficiary Bilkisu Gwabin taking notes during the Empowerment SeminarOur Girls!!
The objectives of the ESP project were revisited and Mavis reiterated that it was the organization’s desire to see impact made before the first set of beneficiaries left the school. In order to enhance sustainable and effective mentoring, the resource person, Ms.Christy Arams would be the mentor and resource person for the project, till the first set of beneficiaries graduate. The Resource Person, Christy Arams then facilitated a presentation on life skills titled ‘Values’. To make it participatory, each participant defined values as she understood and one definition was agreed on by the house.

She stated that defining or stating one’s values was essential for success in whatever one did. She also explained the importance of values and the factors that affect them. After the presentation, the girls were given an exercise to write on an important decision they wanted to make in their life. Their write ups will be assessed and discussed in the next seminar. In the last seminar, the girls had been given assignments to design a project they wanted to implement in their school or communities. Each beneficiary presented the work done so far and it was discussed in details. Ideas and suggestions were given to them on how best to design the projects.

At the end of the discussion, one project was approved to be carried out by all the beneficiaries. This project is to be a sanitation project and launching of “hand washing” in their respective schools. The girls are to engage with their teachers and school management on how they can launch a project that promotes health and sanitation. The “World Environment Day”, 5th June was chosen as the day for launching the projects in the different schools. On that day, the girls will make presentations on their assembly grounds on the importance of hygiene and washing of hands. They will also coordinate other students to voluntarily clean their school environment. EWEI will help in mentoring and engaging the school managements.

May Empowerment Seminar Group Photo

The organization will provide antiseptics, soap, and hand washing bowls.

The ESP beneficiaries will pioneer the projects. Only two schools will however be engaged namely GGSS Senior Doka and GGSS Independence way Senior as beneficiaries from other schools were not present and each of the above schools have 2 beneficiaries each. 9 persons were present at the seminar including beneficiaries, 1 resource person, 2 EWEI staff and 2 volunteers.









EWEI AT 3 DAY SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP ON BUDGET TRACKING, MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ACTORS IN KADUNA STATE HELD IN SAMINAKA 0N 8TH -10th May, 2012.

Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative participated in a three day workshop for civil society actors on budget tracking, monitoring and evaluation at Saminaka Holiday Resort,Kaduna State on 8th -10 May, 2012, at 9:00am daily. The aim of the training workshop was to assist civil society actors on understanding the budget process in Nigeria and hence be able to track and analyse public budgets. The workshop also enlightened participants on how to effectively engage stakeholders in the MTSS process, there by influencing and driving the budgets of the state towards good developmental policies. The workshop involved presentations by participants and group work sessions in which a copy of the state budget was used to teach methods of analysing the document. EWEI was represented at the workshop by Mavis Orjime, Program Officer, Administration and Logistics.



APRIL 2012


EWEI AT MEDIUM TERM SECTOR STRATEGY TRAINING ORGANISED BY STATE ACCOUNTABILITY VOICE INITIATIVE(SAVI) AT SAMINAKA RESORT, SAMINAKA, KADUNA, NIGERIA.

Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative as part of the the Gender Working Group (GWG), Kaduna, attended a 3 day sensitization workshop on the MTSS process for 2nd – 5th April, 2012 at Saminaka Holiday Resort, Saminaka, Kaduna, Nigeria. In the opening address, Mrs Rebecca Sako welcomed all participants and expressed the desire that after the training, participants will be able to engage effectively in the MTSS process. Dr Uzochukwu Amakom, the resource person took participants through what the
EWEI's POAL Mavis Orjime at the trainingMTSS is, the Public Expenditure Management Frameworks in Nigeria, A snapshot of the Kaduna State MTSS guide and the preparation of Medium Term Sector Strategies. Civil Societie organisations where also taken through the strategy for Engagement with Houses of Assembly and the medium Term Budget Framework in the two days.
Group work/activities and mock tests and presentations were done by all members to ensue active participation. An action plan for Civil Society Engagement was drawn out by participants by the end of the training and sent to Resource person who will use to draw out a resource material for members.



MARCH 2012

EWEI NEWS March 2012
EWEI NEWS IS BACK!!!
Check out and Download the March 2012 Edition on www.eweinews.wikifoundry.com

EWEI NEWS our free quarterly colorful newsletters that provide resources on topical issues is back! This edition featured stories on a cancer survivor, gender based violence, nutrition and sport. Over 1,000 copies of EWEI NEWS were distributed in Kaduna State and FCT Abuja. Topical and colourful, an online edition of the January -March 2012 edition can also be viewed and downloaded at the newsletter wiki : www.eweinews.wikifoundry.com.





2012 IWD Logo

Its International Women's Day!!!!
8th March 2012.
EWEI CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY BY CONNECTING GIRLS AND INSPIRING FUTURESAt DITV to mark IWD


The year 2012 marked 101 years of International Women's Day Celebration since the day was honoured for the first time in 1911 following Clara Zetkin’s proposal for an International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen in 1910, that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. In 2011 , EWEI and the Gender Working Group marked the IWD by organizing an exhibition and seminar for indigenous women artists/craftswomen aimed at providing them with exposure, display their craft, help them meet and share experiences with other artists/craftswomen, celebrate their achievements and highlight and address the various issues that affect girls and women in our communities. The theme of this year’s IWD celebration is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures. If every International Women’s Day event held in 2012 includes girls in some way, then thousands of minds will be inspired globally. EWEI commemorated the IWD in 2012 by supporting Generations For Peace Sport-based Games and Play programs that are held monthly as a tool for empowering girls in Kaduna state. Case studies of how our programmes are helping girls develop greater self-esteem, confidence and develop life skills like leadership tolerance and responsibility were highlighted during these years' celebrations. Our interventions are not only "connecting girls and inspiring futures" but ensuring that girls are empowered with the capacity they need to actualise their great dreams. We commemorated the day as follows:
EWEI on Women's World on FRCN to mark IWD 2012
v 6th March 2012 Feature on FRCN on Women's World Radio Programme 90.9 at 7.00pm WAT v 8th March 2012 Feature on Capital TV on Kaduna Today 10.00am WAT
v 9th March 2012 - Generations For Peace Sport Programme for Children and Youth as part of the Let her Play Campaign at Government Girls Secondary School, Senior Section, Independence Way, Kaduna, Nigeria at 10.00am
v 10th March 2012 Feature on Teens and Tweens DITV Kaduna at 10.00am WAT







FEBRUARY 2012


STEP DOWN ACTIVITY OF CIVIC EDUCATION PARTICIPATION FOR WOMEN PROJECT (CEPWOP) BY CEPWOP DELEGATE MRS THERESA BINIYAT HELD AT TUM COMMUNITY HALL, KAURA L.G.A KADUNA STATE ON 18TH FEBRUARY 2012 BY 10:00AM SUPPORTED BY OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION NY

Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative’s CEPWOP Delegate, Mrs. Theresa Biniyat stepped down CEPWOP at the community level on the 18th February, 2012 at Tum community hall, Tum, Kaura Local Government, Kaduna.

The program started with a welcome address by Chief George Laah, he welcomed EWEI staff and Mrs. Biniyat and appreciated the CEPWOP initiative saying civic education is important for women so they understand their roles in governance better and encouraged the participants to participate fully.
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Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) Program Officer, Administration and Logistics Mavis Orjime, introduced CEPWOP to participants including the aims and objectives as well as the CEPWOP journey so far with statistics since its inception.


Mrs. Biniyat took the next presentation titled “Women as Agents of Change”. She said as agents of change, information is important, and courage and boldness are needed to effect change positively. She gave statistics of women that have contested elections in Kaduna State from 1999-2003; EWEI Resources.


A total number of 18 people attended the program including CEPWOP Delegate, Mrs. T. Biniyat and EWEI staff Mavis Orjime.

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Full report can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.


EWEI AT CENTRE FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE COOPERATION (CPPC) DISSEMINATION WORKSHOP ON THE ANALYSIS OF 2006-2009 NEITI AUDIT REPORT HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 AT REIZ INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, ABUJA AT 8:00AM. Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative attended a one day dissemination workshop on “ The Analysis of 2006-2009 NEITI Audit report’’ at Reiz Intercontinental Hotel, Abuja on February 7, 2012. The opening session was for introductions, opening remarks with goodwill messages taken from Acting Country representative, PACT Nigeria and the Programmes Coordinator, CPPC. The first session was an overview of the Nigeria Extractive Industries (NEI) which was facilitated by The Director of Communications, NEITI – Mr. Orji Ogbonaiya. Dr Abiodun Folawewo took the next presentation on The Analysis of the NEITI 2006-2009 Oil & Gas Audit Report, after which a lot of comments were made on the discrepancies in the report tendered by NNPC & the Oil companies. After lunch, there was a syndicate group titled: “Nigeria Extractive Industries (NEI): Mapping out the Way Forward for Stakeholders.” Participants were divided into two groups with group one focusing on NEITI, OAGF, FIRS, DPR. National Oil Companies (IOCs) & NNPC. Group two was for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). A communiqué was presented at the end of the workshop based on the recommendations made by the participants. EWEI was represented at the workshop by her Program Officer, Administration & Logistics, Mavis Orjime.


EWEI MARKS WORLD CANCER DAY 4th FEBRUARY 2012
The 4th of February 2012 was World Cancer Day and EWEI commemorated the day by sharing the story of a courageous woman Mrs. Mercy Kwaghza. Mrs. Kwagha's story is truly inspiring and a lesson on how early detection is key to fighting the cancer scourge. With the 2012 theme "Together it is possible," we joined our voices with others around the world to advocate for increased political commitment for the prevention and control of cancer as well as improved health systems at national and local levels to deliver cure and care for cancer patients. Breast cancer is the leading cancer killer among women aged 20–59 years in high-income countries while cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women with virtually all cases linked to genital infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Almost 80% of cases today and an even higher proportion of deaths from cervical cancer occur in low-income countries where access to cervical cancer screening and treatment virtually does not exist. Mrs. Kwagha's story will be featured in the 1st 2012 edition of EWEI NEWS. The January - March 2012 Edition of EWEI NEWS will be distributed to more than 1,000 girls and women. The feature is part of EWEI's efforts to raise awareness about cancer and promoting cancer prevention through early detection.

JANUARY 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

EWEI EDUCATIONAL SUBSIDY PROGRAMME CONTINUES WITH RESUMPTION OF STUDENTS AND EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR ON THE 28TH OF JANUARY AT ABANTU FOR DEVELOPMENT, KADUNA, NIGERIA

Empowering Women For Excellence Initiative organized the quarterly Empowerment Seminar for her Educational Subsidy Program beneficiaries on the 28th of January 2012 at ABANTU for Development, Y.A Ahmed House, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna.
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The seminar stared at 11.30 due to the environmental sanitation exercise. Presentations at the event included Effective Communication and Benefits of Volunteering in Community Development by EWEI's Mavis Orjime and Christy Arams of DACA respectively. Participants were given two assignments at the end of the participatory sessions to join a club of their own choice in school and design a little project on paper through their clubs that they felt could be measurable and they could execute with the help of their teachers.

Project designs would be presented in the next seminar with the feedback and eventual execution by the students. EWEI could offer assistance, both technical and financial although cost is expected to be minimal.Participants at the seminar included EWEI ESP beneficiaries, some chaperons, Resource Person and EWEI staff.

Christy AramsOur ESP Girls and PO F& S

The Seminar came to a close at 2:15pm. A total number of 13 persons participated in the seminar that included 6 ESP beneficiaries, one chaperon/teacher, one resource person, 2 EWEI staff and 3 EWEI Volunteers.


REPORT ON EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE /GENERATIONS FOR PEACE EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR HELD ON THE 26TH JANUARY, 2012 AT YOUTH CENTRE, AHMADU BELLO STADUIM, KADUNA, NIGERIA.

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Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) organised an empowerment seminar in partnership with Generations For Peace on the 26th January, 2012 at Youth centre, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Nigeria at 8.00 am.

On the FieldBenefits of SportFocus
The aim of the seminar was to enlighten young girls who are in active sports, on the relationship between sport and peace and how they can be peace ambassadors on the field. Also the girls were empowered with income generating skills.

Group Picture on the Field

A total number of 26 young girls between the age ranges of 14-25 years from four different clubs namely: Kani Queens Football club, Narayi, Kaduna, Florentina Girls club, Nasarawa, Kaduna, SB Queens, Nasarawa Kaduna and YSFON Stars, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna participated in the Empowerment Seminar with 3 coaches, 1 assistant coach, 2 chaperons, 3 adults, 3 Generations For Peace Pioneers and 2 Generations for Peace delegates.




DECEMBER 2011


EWEI CEPWOP TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE 2ND OF DECEMBER 2011 AT C & S PARADISE CHURCH, UNGWAR ROMI, ROMI WARD, CHUKUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, KADUNA, NIGERIA SUPPORTED BY OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION, NY USA. Open Meadows

As a means of addressing the under-representation of women and excluded groups in the political space, giving a voice to citizens concerns and encouraging participatory governance, EWEI designed the Civic Education and Participation for Women Project (CEPWOP). CEPWOP has had a successful run since 2010 through the hard work and efforts of CEPWOP delegates at the grassroots who have worked tirelessly to bring the message down to their communities. Partners in the success story of CEPWOP include the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) who have provided data and statistics as well as materials that have been used to facilitate CEPWOP activities.
Group Picture CEPWOP Town Hall


In addition, ABANTU for Development has been very supportive of EWEI and EWEI programmes and have helped in the successful implementation of CEPWOP.
Q & AEWEI HOME - EWEI : Empowering WomenEWEI HOME - EWEI : Empowering WomenDiana Agabi ABANTU for Development

CEPWOP has benefitted at least 2,325 beneficiaries Nigerian Citizens since November 2010. The town hall meeting provided a platform for engagement between aspiring politicians to local government council seats and women in the community as well as capacity building for members of the community on their role in governance. The Town Hall was facilitated by Ms. Elizabeth Anche, a broadcaster, producer and presenter at the Kaduna State Media Corporation. Presentations at the event included goodwill messages from Ms.Diana Agabi, State


Elizabeth AncheEWEI PD and Tina SimonPst. Ezekiel IsaParticipants

Program Manager of ABANTU for Development, Statement of Purpose from Safiya Ibn Garba EWEI Programme Director, pastors and chief host Tina Simon(It is well). The Keynote address was given by Mal. Yusuf Gimi, Secretary, State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) on "Women's Role in Governance."
Rep Hon RahabSIECOM SecretaryParticipants at the Town Hall

In attendance at the town hall meeting were 41 participants, 12 special guests including representatives from ABANTU for Development, State Independent Electoral Commission, The Moment and New Nigerian Newspapers, Barnawa Micro-finance bank Global Community Prime Initiative as well as pastors and a government official and 4 EWEI staff. The town hall meeting was facilitated in both English and Hausa languages and supported by Open Meadows Foundation, NY USA. Please see bottom of home page for full report.



NOVEMBER 2011

GroupREPORT OF THE MINORITY RIGHTS GROUP (MRG) TRAINING ON MINORITY ISSUES AND PARTICIPATION IN THE UN FORUM ON MINORITY ISSUES. HELD IN GENEVA SWITZERLAND FROM 23RD TO 27TH NOVEMBER,2011.

In July 2011, EWEI P.O. (F & S)Mavis Orjime started an on line course with Minority Rights Group International under its global advocacy program. The aim of the course was to provide participants with the skills needed to enable their organizations and communities to more effectively secure the realization and protection of minority rights
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Minority rights group international (MRG) is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people worldwide and to promote cooperation and understanding between communities through international advocacy, training, publishing and outreach.
Mavis Presenting
The course ran through July to October 2011. At the end of the course, Mavis was one of the students selected to participate in the Minority Rights Group International Global Advocacy Programme’s training on UN Mechanisms and also fully participate in the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva Switzerland. The training took place from 23rd to 27th November, 2011 at Palais des Nations, from 10:00am to 6pm daily.

At the training, participants were introduced to the UN mechanisms, and capacity of participants were built on the role of civil societies, the Universal periodic Review (UPR), the Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Human Rights defenders mandate, treaty bodies, fundraising workshops , how to engage the media and how to write effective interventions for the forum on minority issues.


The Fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues took place from 28th -30th November,2011. At the UN House.The theme of the 2011 session was "Guaranteeing the Rights of Minority women."
Governments and civil society groups were represented and given a chance to make presentations on the situation of minorities in their communities. Mavis Orjime presented a statement under the Global Advocacy Group from Africa
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EWEI's Mavis Orjime at the UN House Network titled Minority Women Rights and Effective Participation in Economic, Social and Cultural Life.

Mavis also participated in panel discussions on violence against minority women and their access to justice and ‘’Empowering minority women to claim their rights: identifying effective practices."

Seven of the participants were from Africa who had passed the on line training and were sponsored by the MRG African office. There were two participants from Zimbabwe, one from Uganda, One from Cameroon, One from Rwanda, one from Botswana and one from Nigeria.




Know and Say No One Day Capacity Building for Social Workers in Kaduna North LGA on 16th November 2011

Group WorkOn the 16th of November 2011, EWEI focussed efforts on building the capacity of Government institutions by giving social workers tools and resources to better handle cases of gender based violence as well as to encourage the use of technologicaltools for grassroots development helping these officials perform their job functions more effectively.
The Know and Say No is primarily concerned with raising awareness about gender based violence as well as strengthening institutional capacities to address the pandemic of gender based violence. Know and Say provides a platform for effective actions towards the protection of minority rights and a voice for vulnerable groups.


Facilitators:
Safiya Ibn Garba - Programme Director, EWEIBarrister Katherine's Presentation
o Facts and Figures: Gender Based Violence
o The Role of a Social Worker
o Conflict and Peace Building
o Technological Tools for Development
Katherine Ishu- Legal Practitioner, EWEI Ambassador and Delegate
o Legal Recourse for Victims of Gender Based Violence
Mavis Orjime- Programme Officer EWEI
o Women's Rights at the Grassroots
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13 participants from the Social Welfare Department benefitted from the training. Some of their comments from the lessons learned and action plan segment include:
üWe learnt what gender is, conflict resolution and women's rights at the grassroots, technology and we will put in into practice by educating and enlightening programmes for the community.
ü We learnt about important ways of resolving conflict within our organization and homes.
ü I learnt about the role I can play as a social worker in resolving issues that I may be confronted with- to settle disputes between individuals and communities.
ü I have learnt that as a woman one can seek redress in court after she has been violated, through sex abuse or any form of violence that is meted upon her. I have also learnt that one should be technologically aware of the things that bring development in today's world.
ü I have learnt that I must document every case that is being carried out in the office and I will like to go on the computer to learn more things that are related to my field.
ü I have learnt that is important to educate girls on sex education and youth on drug abuse.
ü I will give out lessons to grassroots women about the rights of women in our society
Group Presentations 2One of EWEI PD's presentations


ParticipantsMavis Presentation

Please see the bottom of the page for the full report.
OCTOBER 2011
HRH Prince Feisal Opens Generations For Peace Sochi Camp 2011 Royal welcome for delegates from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Serbia and the Russian Federation Sochi, Russia, 10 October 2011: Generations For Peace’s eighth peace building camp was opened today in Sochi by the international NGO’s Founder and Chairman, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, who expressed his conviction that this latest group of inspirational young change makers will “play their part in forging a brighter future for this generation and the next.” The Mayor of Sochi and HRH Feisal Al Hussein Generations For Peace Sochi Camp 2011 will build on the enormous successes of last year’s camp on Russia’s Black Sea coast. 53 delegates from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Serbia and the Russian Federation, identified through Generations For Peace’s rigorous selection process, will receive 10 days’ intensive training in the use of sport for peace and development. The training curriculum will consist of ten highly-developed modules designed to equip delegates with the tools they need to implement sustainable peace through sport projects: Sport and Peace; Peace Building; Working with Children and Youth; Train the Trainers; Advocacy and Partnerships; Facilitator’s Guide; and four sports-specific modules.


Speaking at a press conference for this morning’s launch, HRH Prince Feisal described the keen sense of anticipation running through the group:

“I really share the delegates’ excitement about what lies ahead over the next ten days. I have been truly humbled and inspired by the delegates we have trained in the past, and the incredible impact they have gone on to achieve. These delegates may be just beginning their own journey with us, but I have no doubt that they too will become certified as Generations For Peace Pioneers, and feel that sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from serving their communities.”
Also speaking at this morning’s press conference was Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov. HRH Prince Feisal hailed their shared vision of using the power of sport for peace and development, and thanked Mayor Pakhomov for his leadership in driving that vision. Mayor Pakhomov commented:
‘We are honoured and delighted to welcome Generations For Peace back to Sochi for the second time. Our preparations to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 have given Sochi a great opportunity to stimulate positive social change throughout the region, through the combined power of sport and volunteerism. Partnering with an international NGO like Generations For Peace, with its expert facilitators and highly-developed curriculum, means we can help spread that change in our City, our region, our nation, and beyond.’ Generations For Peace Sochi Camp 2011 is the eighth training camp staged since the organisation’s inception in 2007. Last year’s camp in Sochi was the NGO’s first camp in Europe and it represented a significant landmark in its mission to achieve a truly global impact. Over the next ten days, the organisation’s leadership is confident that with the committed support of the city of Sochi and the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, Generations For Peace will take another great leap forward in that mission. At the school in SochiEWEI's Programme Director who is also a Generations For Peace Pioneer and Facilitator attended the camp and facilitated several sessions during the camp. She was also a special guest judge at a Sochi private school children olympic presentation event and spoke at a Sochi 2014 volunteers camp. 19 October 2011, Sochi, Russia: Generations For Peace and Sochi 2014 today signed a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding that commits both organisations to supporting delegates from Generations For Peace Sochi Camps in their implementation of sustainable peace building projects. The international peace through sport NGO, founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, and the collective stakeholders of the Sochi 2014Historic MoU Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will work together to support programmes implemented by delegates who have attended a Generations For Peace Sochi Camp. This shared commitment to concrete action will help ensure these programmes can make a long-term impact on communities blighted by conflict. The commitment is a key part of Sochi 2014’s legacy initiative. The signing ceremony took place at the closing press conference of Generations For Peace Sochi Camp 2011 – the latest hugely fruitful alliance between the international NGO, Sochi 2014, and Sochi City Administration. The MOU was signed by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, and witnessed and supported by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Kozak. Also present were Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, and President of Generations For Peace, HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal.

ADDITIONAL ONGOING PROGRAMMES

Generations For Peace Second Generation Delegates have carried out additional programmes in 2011 including:

  • A Vote for Peace SPE Zamani College, Kaduna North LGA, Kaduna on 1st of April 2011- Adams Isaac/Abdulrazak Usma, Alica Otu
  • Working with Children and Youth Seminar at , Zonkwa,Zangon Kataf LGA Kaduna, Nigeria on the14th-5th October 2011- Mavis Orjime/Essien Etuk
  • Refresher Peace Building Session at NYSFON Pitch, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on the 28th of October 2011- Safiya Ibn Garba Step Down Peace Building Session at Maiduguri Road, Kaduna North LGA on 30th October 2011- Muhammed Adamu
  • Sporting Event for Almajiris Doka District, Kaduna Nigeria on the 5th of November 2011- Babatunde Ayo Ajiga
  • Sporting Programme for Children and Youth at PTS, Kaduna, Nigeria on 6th November 2011- Babatudne Ayo Ajiga
In addition, Generations For Peace First Generation Pioneer Safiya Ibn Garba has continued her monthly Sporting Programme for Children at :
Prince Schools, Narayi High Cost , Kaduna, Nigeria
Government Girls Secondary School Junior Section Independence Way,Kaduna, Nigeria.
These events continue to be supported by Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative.

SessionGenerations For Peace holds first ever Curriculum Refresher Workshop 1st- 2nd October 2011
From 1 to 2 October, Generations For Peace staged our first ever Curriculum Refresher Workshop in Lebanon. We have stepped up our mission to provide Pioneers and Delegates with the most cutting-edge tools and techniques and now projects on the ground are becoming better equipped to make a real difference in conflict zones.

The Curriculum Refresher Workshop reunited 24 Lebanese Pioneers and Delegates, trained either directly at Generations For Peace camps in Amman between 2007 and 2010, or indirectly through local programmes in Lebanon since 2008.
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The two-day workshop was tailored to meet these practitioners’ most pressing needs, with bespoke content addressing facilitation skills, peace building, monitoring and evaluation, and sport activities with team games like softball and football. The workshop was facilitated by Generations For Peace Pioneer and EWEI Programme Director, Safiya Ibn Garba.




SEPTEMBER 2011

EWEI AT THE STRATEGISING ON EXPEDITIOUS PASSAGE OF REFORM BILLS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY THE POLICY AND LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTRE (PLAC) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID) ON 26 SEPTEMBER, 2011 AT HAWTHORN SUITES, ABUJA.

EWEI attended and participated at a workshop on Strategising on Expeditious Passage of Reform Bill in the NASS organized by The Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre ( PLAC) in collaboration with the Department for International Development(DFID) on 26 September, 2011. The workshop was attended by the Deputy Clerk of National Assembly, The Deputy Clerk of the Senate; the Deputy Clerk of the House of Representatives, The Director of Legal Services in the National Assembly Senate;Committee Staff in the Senate and House of Representatives; academics and civil society organizations.

Messages at the Workshop
The Workshop observed as follows:
1. There are a lot of bills pending at the National Assembly that have to be passed expeditiously.
2. There are still many priority areas that require either laws made by the National Assembly or corrections made on existing laws in order to introduce new ways of doing things to transform the polity and the society in general.
3. Some of the contributing factors to the large number of pending bills in the National Assembly include the narrow content of bills, poor drafting and institutional duplicity.
4. Inadequate or late legislative scrutiny is also responsible for the large number of pending bills, and there are certain issues that do not require being addressed by legislative framework but simply through policy statements.
5. Some issues have to be addressed constitutionally before member bills are enacted to regulate them.
6. Training and re-training of committee staff on bill scrutiny, analysis and drafting is needful, so that their capacity will be sufficiently enhanced.
7. That there should be a provision of comprehensive, administrative framework and workplan.
8. It is necessary for the legislators to have confidence in the commitee staff and make use of their expertise to facilitate the quick passage of bills.
9. That the large turnover of legislators affect the quick passage of bills.
10. Non implementation of reccomendations from training programs
11. Legislators do not engage to the fullest the vast human resources made available to them in form of aides;consultants e.t.c in addition to the various other resources available at the National Assembly to build their capacity and improve in ther functions.
12.Better collaboration should be encouraged between both chamber committees and such collaboration should be institutionalised. 13.Non implementation of resolutions from training programms The Workshop recommends as follows: 1.The gap that exists in parliamentary infomation, procedure and practice should be closed by constant training and re-training of committee members. More hands should be employed to learn from the old staff who are more experienced on the job and more internship opportunities provided. 2.That the legislative job should be made more selfless and dedicated to service of the nation.Some participants 3.There should be a synergy between the Senate and the House of Representatives. The 2 Houses must establish a relationship and information sharing as a strategy of making work easier and as a means of reducing and possibly eliminating the deep seated suspicion and stereotyping of the parliamentarians. 4. The National Assembly prioritises resource allocation by increasing funding to the actual process of lawmaking. 5.That legislators should develop themselves by reading widely in order to broaden their thinking and experiences with a view to helping them understand the issues they legislate on including best practices on such issues. 6. Exchange visits and experience sharing between international legislative committees should be encouraged to improve the legislative process. 7. institutionalise regular meetings between Clerks of the committees of both Houses. The process of legislation is cumbersome and time consuming so the two Chambers must identify and prioritize legislation on the basis of their importance to the smooth running of government and concentrate on them instead of spending much time on less important issues.



EWEI AND GENERATIONS FOR PEACE MARK THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY ON THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER Symbolic Lighting of Candles2011 AT AHMADU BELLO STADIUM KADUNA, NIGERIA
Generations For Peace held a one day Advocacy event for members of the media, civil society, religious, women, youth groups and government officials from four Local Government Areas in Kaduna State. The event was also to mark the international peace day which is celebrated every year to raise awareness about peace and its significance, as well as to inspire individuals and empower communities to celebrate victories of tolerance, understanding and reconciliation that have been won throughout the year. It is marked every year on September 21, and is a day when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established by a U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small. The event was held at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Group PictureOn the field


The one day Advocacy Event (ADE) seminar consisted of a full day of training using Generations for Peace educational modules (Sport and Peace, Advocacy and Partnerships and Working with Children) and practical peace building through sport sessions which were facilitated by Generations for Peace facilitators : Pioneer and delegates from the 1st to the 3rd Generation including EWEI Programme Director, Safiya Ibn Garba.

Play and Fun!
The peace building through sports session practically demonstrated using sport for peace building with participants having lots of fun while learning to build peace. 23 youth and leaders of youth and officials from Kaduna North, South, Zangon Kataf and Soba Local Government Areas, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Women Groups, Faith based organizations, Persons with disabilities groups, Media, Community and Urban based Civil Society Organizations attended the event effectively becoming Generations for Peace Advocates back in their communities and organizations.

The event also featured the symbolic lighting of peace candles to commemorate the International Peace Day. The symbolic lighting of Peace candles is to commemorate all young victims of conflicts around the world and bring light to our wishes and desires for a more peaceful world. EWEI is a local Non-Exclusive partner of Generations For Peace. The International Peace Day event was organised and supported by Generations For Peace and Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI). EWEI continues to support the 1st - 3rd Generation Generations For Peace Delegates programmes in collaboration with Generations For Peace. Please follow the Generations for Peace Let Her Play Link for more information.




EWEI AT WORKSHOP ON OPERATIONALISING A WORK PLAN FOR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (NASS) COMMITTEES ORGANISED BY POLICY AND LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTRE (PLAC) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BRITISH DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON THE 14TH AND 15TH OF SEPTEMBER 2011 AT HAWTHORN SUITES, ABUJA.
Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) attended and participated in a workshop on Operationalising a work plan for NASS committees organized by PLAC and DFID on the 14th and 15th of September 2011 at Hawthorn Suites Abuja. In the statement of purpose, Omolara Akinyeye stated that in May 2011, PLAC and DFID organized a workshop in Minna to begin developing a work plan manual for the committees of the NASS. As a follow up to this process, this workshop is a step down training over a two day period for two different sets of staff of the NASS to help committees better organize their work and become more productive.
Please see the bottom of the page for the full report.


Nguyilan during session on ICTCross section of participants at workshop Day oneChris Asoluka presenting



EWEI AT DESMIMS TELEVISION (DITV) TEENS AND TWEENS PROGRAMME FEATURED ON THE 10TH OF SEPTEMBER 2011


EWEI Programme Director, Safiya Ibn Garba featured on a DITV Programme; Teens and Tweens to talk about the challenges of adolescents and the importance of Literacy.

The programme highlighted the various issues teenagers and young people faced in the society like the physiological, psychological and environmental challenges and how better parents, schools and other stakeholders can address those issues.
EWEI PD on DITV Teens and Tweens Programme
Presented by Segun and James, the programme also featured discussions on the Literacy Day which is commemorated on the 8th of September every year to raise awareness about the importance of Literacy and provide avenues for discussions on how to improve literacy and achieve educational development goals.


EWEI PD called on all to play their part to help to address issues like teenage pregnancy, youth restiveness and appealed to the media to use their resources and coverage to support programmes like Literacy by Radio.
She also called on the government to commit more resources to mass literacy which would also help to promote peace in the society and encouraged the use of counselors to help teenagers and young adults through the challenging growing up years. The programme was broadcast on DITV at 10.30am on Saturday, 10th September 2011.



EWEI JOINS THE GENDER WORKING GROUP AND STATE AGENCY FOR MASS LITERACY TO COMMEMORATE THE WORLD LITERACY DAY ON THE 7TH OF SEPTEMBER 2011


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AUGUST 2011

EWEI AT A TWO DAY WORKSHOP ON IMPROVING COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (NASS) COMMITTEES AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS (CSOs) ORGANISED BY POLICY AND LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTRE (PLAC) WITH SUPPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID) ON THE 10TH AND 11TH OF AUGUST 2011 AT HAWTHORN SUITES, ABUJA

EWEI attended and participated in a workshop on Improving Collaboration between NASS committees and CSOs which was organized by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) with support from the British Department for International Development (DFID).


In the statement of purpose, Ijeoma Ugwueze of PLAC noted that the NASS is an important platform for achieving the much needed change in Nigeria’s governance and as a law making body the NASS role in facilitating change is significant in Nigeria’s democracy. Civil Society Groups are also key stakeholders in the legislative process and work in specific areas. To make meaning of their work CSOs will need to ensure that their work feeds into the policy process as well as legislature. Thus cooperation between CSOs and NASS becomes an imperative.
Tope,Clement, Muyiwa,Jerry
In his opening remarks, Executive Director PLAC, Clement Nwankwo also highlighted the importance of Civil Society involvement in the legislative process and how a result of that involvement is the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act. He paid tribute to His Excellency Jerry Ugokwe who was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003 and was the initiator of the Freedom of Information Bill and introduced the most bills in the House of Representatives at that time, he was then appointed an ambassador in further service to his nation.

Jerry Ugokwe also raised the motion that former military rulers should not get remuneration as past presidents especially since they already get paid as retired military officers and very particularly for the fact that they were not duly elected into office. He also introduced the cult and secret society bill after receiving several submissions in his constituency office about the negative impact of such groups and his proposing such a bill was accompanied with risks. He also introduced bills to address gender based violence which was keenly supported by Civil Society partners including Clement Nwankwo of PLAC.

Chief Odun of DFID delivered a goodwill message where he stated DFID’s goals incl
EWEI at workshop on improving collaboration btw CSOs and NASS committeesuding their commitment to improve the voices of the general citizenry. He added that good collaboration results in good legislative process.
The Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly Muyiwa Adejokun in his goodwill messages on both day
s also noted how vital the staff of the NASS are to the legislative process and how important their engagement is with Civil Society. He wished all fruitful deliberations and even helped set some very practical ground rules while asking participants to participate and share ideas and knowledge.

His Excellency Jerry Ugokwe’s two presentations were titled: Bridging the Gap between Advocacy and policy and Bridging the Citizens and Activities of the National Assembly. Jerry Ugokwe stated that such workshops were apt not just for the staff of the NASS but all of the NASS. He noted that only five members out of three hundred and sixty members still remain in the House since 1999 and only two in the Senate.
The full report on proceedings in available at the bottom of the home page. You can also visit our facebook page, "EWEI Empowerment through Enligthenment."


JULY 2011

EWEI QUARTERLY EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR HELD ON THE 30TH OF JULY 2011 AT ABANTU FOR DEVELOPMENT, KADUNA, NIGERIA

An empowerment seminar was held on the 30th of July 2011 at ABANTU for Development from 11.00am. This edition was the second in 2011 (being the second quarter) and featured a review session of the Educational Subsidy Programme, a Bring Back the Book segment and basic computing segment.

The meeting which started late due to the newly re-introduced monthly environmental sanitation exercise kicked off at 11.00am with a review of the ESP with five beneficiaries present, three guardians and one teacher.
EWEI PD during ESP review sessionGuradians and ESP beneficiaries
The first session was facilitated by EWEI Programme Director Safiya Ibn Garba, She gave a brief narrative about the progress of the ESP and how the project has progressed since it took off. She talked about the challenges EWEI has faced in its implementation and also extended the sympathies of EWEI at the death of the father of one of the beneficiaries, Jemilat Abdulkareem.The second segment was facilitated by Ms. Elizabeth Anche, a broadcaster, producer and presenter at the Kaduna State Media Corporation.
She steered the Bring Back the Book (BBTB) segment where participants were taught about communication, reading and pronunciation. This segment was a highly interactive session where participants got to express their views on different topics as well as a practical reading session.
Elizabeth Anche and girlsReading with Elizabeth Anche
The basic computing segment was facilitated by Mr. Ade Balogun an IT consultant who took the participants through the basics of computing, identifying computer parts and accessories and what each part was used for.

Mr. Ade Balogun facilitating the Computing class
Afterwards, the 5 ESP beneficiaries took the test while the YOWE participant spent some time on the computer using a typing tutor. Two snack breaks were provided in the course of the programme and the meeting was brought to a close at 4.00pm with a vote of thanks by the Programme Director.

ES 30th July Group Pic
In total, 6 girls ( 5 ESP beneficiaries and 1 from Youth and Widows Empowerment YOWE), 2 facilitators, 2 teachers, 3 guardians, 4 EWEI staff and 1 ABANTU staff attended the empowerment seminar.




JUNE 2011

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Opening address by Clement NwakwoEWEI AT THE POST ELECTION MEETING ON THE 2011 NIGERIA GENERAL ELECTIONS: EXPERIENCE SHARING, LESSONS LEARNT AND THE WAY FORWARD HELD AT SHERATON HOTEL ABUJA, WEDNESDAY JUNE 1ST 2011

EWEI attended and participated the post election meeting on the 2011 Nigeria elections to share experiences, lessons learned and chart a course for the way forward with other stakeholders.The meeting brought together all of the stakeholders and actors in the 2011 Nigeria general elections to share experiences on their roles during the preparation and conduct of the elections. Participants at the meeting included representatives from INEC, NP, Office of the NSA, Civil Society and Development Partners.


Head of EU Observer mission to Nigeria 2011 ElectionsJustice Uwais and EWEI PDProf. A. Jega INEC Chair at the post election meeting

The report also details losses from the post election crisis in two states and suggestions to and responses from INEC on several issues raised. Please go to the bottom of the page to download the full report in PDF.


MAY 2011



Host Segun Victor and EWEI PD
EWEI PD FEATURES ON DESMIMS INDEPENDENT TELEVISION’S TALK YOUR MIND ON THE 13TH OF MAY 2011


Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative’s Programme Director Safiya Ibn Garba featured on “Talk Your Mind” a DITV current affairs programme on the subject “Women and the 2011 Elections.”

With host Segun Victor, EWEI PD talked about how women fared in the 2011 elections- from their involvement in political parties, their aspirations for political offices, their role as electorate and the challenges they faced being a part of the 2011 elections.



She also expatiated on how the various events before and during the elections affected women and other vulnerable groups.
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She used the opportunity to call on elected officials to deliver good governance and ensure a better quality of life for all as she encouraged the electorate not to rest on their oars but to continue to engage elected and government officials demanding accountability in civil ways to ensure better service delivery post 2011 elections.
She also talked about the efforts of the various CSOs of the Gender Working Group pre and post elections to promote civic education. DITV broadcasts to over half of Kaduna State’s 6 million plus residents. The programme was broadcast on the 17th of May 2011 at 10.00pm.

APRIL 2011


EWEI AND THE 2011 ELECTIONS

Throughout the month of April, EWEI actively took part in election observation through EWEI's involvement in the Nigeria Elections Situation Room.
Situation Room 1Situation Room 5Situation Room 6

From the co-ordination of Polling Unit observation from the Situation Room in Abuja to the on the ground observation and reporting, EWEI took part in a ground breaking effort convened by the Policy and
Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) where various Civil Society Organisations and networks brought their resources together to bring real time and relevant information and analysis on the Nigeria 2011 elections.
Situtaion Room 2Situation Room 3Situation Room 4

EWEI also observed the elections under the Justice for All auspices with particular focus on the Conduct of Security agencies during the process. Several reports and papers have been produced as a result of these activities which can all be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Please got to the bottom of the page to download all EWEI Colour coded PU reports and http://www.inecnigeria.org/results/ for Elections results published by INEC


MARCH 2011



EWEI AS PART OF THE GENDER WORKING GROUP AT MEDIUM TERM SECTOR STRATEGY (MTSS) WORKSHOP AT DAN FODIO HALL, PYRAMID HOTEL ON THE 30TH OF MARCH 2011

The Gender Working Group participated and made a presentation at the Medium Term Strategy Workshop at Danfodio Hall Assaa Pyramid Hotel Kaduna on the 30th of March 2011.
GWG PresentationEWEI presenting for GWG
The workshop was attended by representatives from various Government agencies and parastatals like the Ministry of Education, Economic Planning, Agriculture and Water Resources, KADSACA, SUBEB, Health and Development partners like SAVI, SPACR, ESSPIN, PATHS, and ENR.


In the speech of the Permanent Secretary presented by the representative of the Honourable Commissioner and Permanent Secretary of The Ministry of Economic Planning, he stated that he hoped this workshop would set the pace for the 2012 budgeting process. He said, “….. the fact that this meeting was taking place in the first quarter of the year shows that we hope to be better prepared to face challenges which may arise while discussing those faced last year we hope to be able to make out solutions for a better process this year.”

He appreciates DFID through SPARC for their continued support in ensuring better systems and structures for better service delivery. Shinning a spotlight on the Eleven Point Agenda (EPA), he noted that it gives priority to the following areas.
· Peace and security
Participants
· FMC

· Improved welfare packages for civil servants
· Infrastructural development especially road construction
· Tertiary Education
· Water Expansion
The implications of the MTSS and KDSP and State Vision 2020 are not dire as the state already had these as its priorities from beginning therefore the policy directive is centered towards achieving the set goals and objectives designed in the state plans.

There is also currently a review of the MDAs that have adopted the MTSS process to see what has been done and how much the process has worked. He wished all good and successful discussions.




EWEI AT GENDER AND SOCIAL INCLUSION WORKSHOP FROM 23RD - 25TH MARCH 2011 AT TEEJAY HOTEL ZARIA, KADUNA

EWEI participated in a Gender and Social Inclusion workshop as part of the Gender Working Group from 23rd - 25th March 2011 at Teejay Hotel, Zaria, Kaduna.
SessionsFacilitators

The workshop featured presentations and group work on gender and inclusion concepts, Frameworks to gender and social inclusion analysis, checklists for analysis of policy documents and women empowerment frameworks.
Group work

The workshop was very useful and educational for all participants and helped everyone begin to see opportunities for wider application of gender and social inclusion concepts in individual and partnership work.
The two day workshop also saw advocacy partners from the different groups design work plans to apply acquired knowledge.


EWEI AT THE 2011 ELECTIONS SITUATION ROOM’S CSOs INTERACTIVE DIALOUGE WITH INEC CHAIRMAN PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA AT IMMACULATE SUITES, ABUJA ON THE 21ST OF MARCH 2011 ORGANISED BY POLICY AND ADVOCACY LEGAL CENTRE (PLAC)

Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI) participated in an interactive session with INEC Chair Prof. Attahiru Jega on the 21st of March, 2011 at Immaculate Suites, Abuja at 10.00am – 1.00pm. Clement Nwankwo Executive Director PLAC, started proceedings by appreciating everyone present particularly the INEC Chairman Prof. Jega, development partners like OSIWA, UNDP and DFID and Civil Society Organizations from across the country.
INEC Chair Prof A Jega
EWEI PD at the Interactive Session with Prof. Jega

Brief messages came from UNDP and OSIWA where they expressed their delight at such a platform that would bring INEC and CSOs together for the first time to talk about upcoming elections and to give CSOs a chance to ask questions and get clarity direct from the Commission’s top management.




Mashood Erubami, Chairman, TMG, who chaired the occasion, asked the INEC Chair to give his opening remarks. In his remarks, Prof. Jega said he was delighted at the opportunity to meet with Civil Society and gave an update on the Commission’s preparedness for the 2011 elections. Please see the bottom of the page to download the full report on the Interactive dialogue.






EWEI AT A ONE DAY TRAINING FOR CSOS AS SECURITY OBSERVERS FOR THE 2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 15th, 2011, AT ASAA PYRAMID HOTELS, KADUNA.

Mavis at J4all seminarEmpowering Women for Excellence Initiative participated in a one day training for CSOs as observers on the policing/security of the forthcoming 2011 general elections. The training was organized by Justice for All on the 15th of March 2011 at Asaa Pyramid Hotels, Kaduna.

In his welcome address, Mallam Mohammed Auwa welcomed all participants and outlined the aims of the program. He said the aim of training CSOs was to form a partnership between CSOs and J4A to assess institutions of Government as CSOs are generally considered the voice of the community.

The first facilitator was Mr. Tony Ojukwu, Esq, the legal advice consultant of National Human Rights Commission. His presentation was titled “The Role and Functions of Security Forces in elections.” The second paper was a review of the security performance in 2003 and 2007 elections presented by Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Ambassador for Peace and Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation.
Participants


Recommendations were mad
e on how to improve in the next elections.
After lunch break, the INEC Guidelines on Election Observation was presented to participants. The Police service commission guidelines for elections were also discussed. The training came to an end at 4:50pm. EWEI was represented at the seminar by Mavis Orjime.






EWEI AT A TWO DAY RETREAT FOR THE GENDER WORKING GROUP AT SAMINAKA HOLIDAY RESORT, SAMINAKA FROM 14TH- 16TH MARCH 2011

EWEI participated in a two day retreat for the members of the Gender Working Group at Saminaka Holiday Resort, Saminaka from the 14th- 16th of March, 2011. The retreat afforded the partnership to reflect on past work and plan for further activities and engagements.

DiscussionsEnergizer




Gender and Social Inclusion GameGroup Work

Several sessions and presentations took place and lessons learned from the workshop included the need for more visible reflection processes, better information management and sharing, more commitment from partnership members and the need to be more strategic in designing and delivering activities and interventions.


EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE HOLDS FIRST EMPOWERMENT SEMINAR FOR 2011 AT 10.00AM ON THE 12TH OF MARCH AT ABANTU FOR DEVELOPMENT, AHMADU BELLO WAY, KADUNA, NIGERIA

EWEI held the first of the 2011 empowerment seminars on the 12th of March 2011 at ABANTU for Development, Y.A. Ahmed House, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna at 10.00am.
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The meeting was attended by 6 ESP beneficiaries, age range 15-17, 3 adolescent girls from YOWE(Youth, Orphans and Widow Empowerment) aged 13-17 and 4 participants from Women with disability self reliance centre Kaduna age range 15- 29. Two of the participants were visually impaired and one hearing impaired. A total of 13 girls benefited from the event.

With 4 chaperons to help facilitate the process including the co-coordinator of women with disability self reliance centre, Riskat Muhammad, 2 staff from KASSES and NASEPHA(who helped facilitate the seminar in sign language for the hearing impaired), one from YOWE and four EWEI staff, the girls took part in various activities.


Blessing, one of the visually impaired participantsCelebrating their successEWEI PD Opening AddressInteractive session

Prize for punctualityWord Search GameParticipants at the event


From a review of their goal setting exercise which started at the last empowerment seminar, they went into a word game session where they sought out words in a word search while learning the meanings of the words, a down to earth discussion on challenges of adolescence, the statue game, a short session on optical illusions to help them develop interest in the sciences and a map of Nigeria jigsaw game.
All of the activities were to help improve their observation and public skills, teamwork and help girls develop interest in sciences. The participants were treated to light refreshment and one of the participants; Bilkisu was also rewarded for punctuality with a little gift.




EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE AND THE KADUNA STATE GENDER WORKING GROUP TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ON THE 8TH OF MARCH, 2011 AT KAYS FUN CENTRE, POLICE COLLEGE, KADUNA, NIGERIA FROM 10AM TO 6PM


On March 8 each year International Women's Day is celebrated around the world. International Women's Day provides an opportunity for communities to recognize and celebrate local women's achievements and the contribution women continue to make to their communities.

The year 2011 is a special year as it is the centenary of International Women's Day. To commemorate this special day, the theme for 2011 is "International Women's Day - Celebrating 100 Years". It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.


Opening AddressHon. Dr. Mrs H. Binyat Keynote AddressGoodwill Message from UNICEF

This year, EWEI and the GWG marked the IWD by organizing an exhibition and seminar for indigenous women artists/craftswomen aimed at providing them with exposure, display their
craft, help them meet and share experiences with other artists/craftswomen, celebrate their achievements and highlight and address the various issues that affect girls and women in our communities.

The sub-theme for this year’s IWD is Equal Access to education, training, science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”

On weekend TreatOn the Breakfast Showon Kaduna a Yau

Activities kicked off several days prior to March 8th with appearances by EWEI and GWG on Capital TV on various programmes aimed at raising awareness towards the day. These programmes were Weekend Treat, Breakfast Show on the 5th of March 2011 at 7.00 and 8.00am respectively and Kaduna a Yau on the 7th of March, 2011 at 2.00pm.


Cross Section of ParticipantsInteractive sessionGoodwill from District Head Kabala
The sub-theme for this year’s IWD is Equal Access to education, training, science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”


At the Exhibition and Seminar on 8th of March, activities started off with a welcome address by Safiya Ibn Garba, Programme Director EWEI , a keynote address by Hon. Dr. Mrs. Hannatu Binyat,Acting Chairman State Independent Electoral Commission(SIECOM) and CEO Poverty Alleviation and Development Centre (PADEC),goodwill messages from development partners, interactive session on women and education, skills acquisition workshops on hat making and computer appreciation and a raffle draw.
The event was anchored by Abdiel Kude, Director of Global Community Prime Initiative and Diana Agabi State Programme Officer, ABANTU for Development.

Exhibiting her craftsEWEI Staff and VolunteersMore crafts at the event2nd Prize presentation at the IWDESP beneficiaries at IWD



Over 200 people attended the event with 16 groups
exhibiting crafts and products at the exhibition out of the 25 that initially indicated interest in the event. . Attendees included UNICEF, SAVI, SPARC, ESSPIN, students from Government Girls Secondary School Doka and Zamani College,students from higher institutions like Kaduna Polytechnic, representatives from different Civil Society organizations,The Embassy of France, Government officials, women and religious groups, traditional rulers and other stakeholders.
Exhibition stands at the eventMorecrafts at the event

Exhibiting Groups at the event were:
v Mrs. Comfort Debonnaire
v Youth Orphans and Widows Empowerment (YOWE)
v ABANTU for Development
v Aminci Awareness and Empowerment Club
v Women with Faith
Artworks art exhibition
v Haj. Salamatu Ahmed

v Kungiyar Mata Masu Tasuwa
v Divine Venture Fashion Design
v Women in Tourism
v Women with Disability Self-Reliance Centre
v Gracee Creation
v Globuk Art Foundation
v Phildeb Outfit

v Mrs. Uchechi Asekhame
v Ebadan Angela
v Zamani Sage Team


Activities at the event included an interactive session on women and education, skills acquisition workshops on hat making and computer appreciation and a raffle draw. Please search for and check out our face book page Ewei Empowerment Through Enligthenment for all the pictures from the event. The full report can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


EWEI AT THE SITUATION ROOM ORGANISED BY POLICY AND LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTRE (PLAC) WITH SUPPORT FROM THE OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR WEST AFRICA (OSIWA) ON THE 3RD OF MARCH, 2011 AT IMMACULATE SUTIES, ABUJA

The Situation Roomis intended to be a forum for exchange of ideas between Nigeriancivil society groupsworking on the 2011 election issues. The inaugural meeting which held on Thursday March 3, 2011 at theImmaculate Suites Wuse II,Abuja, between9:00 am and4:00 pm. It has been observed that there are several electoral issues that require combined civil society effort to effectively address. These include:

§ Conduct of political parties;
The Situation Room
§ INEC’s preparations and civil society liaison with INEC;
§ Conduct of law enforcement agents;
§ Conduct of the Judiciary and preparations for electoral dispute resolution;
§ International advocacy



Discussions centered on the above mentioned issues and what action the situation room would take to address them. A press conference was held on Monday the
EWEI was appointed a member of the steering committee of The Situation Room to represent women and youth from the North-West in addition to other civil society organizations.






OUR PROJECTS


EWEI NEWSEWEI NEWS Vol 4

Our free bi-monthly colourful newsletters contain political, educational, health, financial and other articles fo
r girls/women’s benefit is currently distributed in more than 6 states of Nigeria. Topical and colourful, EWEI NEWS contains articles in the local social language of where it is most widely distributed. So far over 6,000 copies have been distributed, free, since commencement of the project in 2008. This project also occasionally features articles and contributions from girls and women helping to play their part in national development. An online version is also available by clicking the link on our site or going direct to the newsletter site: www.eweinews.wikifoundry.com.

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GETTING INVOLVED

MDG role playing at Prince CollegeA step down of the British Council/World Bank Institute’s Debate to Action, Getting Involved is a programme that seeks to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals and the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy among youth, equip them on how to effectively share this information with others in their communities, and to determine their own roles within these frameworks. This knowledge not only empowers young people to be change agents within their communities, but also contributes to transparency and accountability, which in turns supports good governance. By 2009, EWEI has been able to reach over 1,500 youth and adults through the Getting Involved programme which included seminars, newsletters, a Train the Trainers seminar, and distribution of Global Fund insecticide treated mosquito nets. See More GETTING INVOLVED





ESP and Empowerment Seminars
Students writing ESP Consideration TestsEWEI’s ESP is designed to encourage girl child education at all levels. It is currently working to help subsidize the cost of books, uniforms and exam fees for girls from indigent families. EWEI’s ESP fully commenced in 2010 with the signing of agreements between the beneficiaries and EWE
I. The ESP is part of EWEI’s efforts at working towards the MDGs and EFA goals. 7 girls from 4 public schools are benefitting from the 2010 ESP award and support commenced with the signing of the ESP agreement.

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CEPWOP

This project will provides basic civic education to women and empowers them to go into their communities advocating and cascading their own learning process.
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It consists of lectures, discussions and activities that help participants find their roles for credible elections and more importantly, ensures participatory governance for excluded groups both pre and post elections. Already 112 women at the grassroots have participated in CEPWOP interventions since December 2010 and 2,000 have received IEC materials courtesy of CEPWOP. See More : CEPWOP



GENERATIONS FOR PEACE LET HER PLAY
In Partnership with Generations for Peace, Amman, Jordan, EWEI has been involved in the design and implementation of the Let Her Play Campaign The campaign is designed with a primary focus of increasing the participation of girls and women in spo
rt in northern Nigeria and help bridge the gender, ethnic, religious and political divides in our local communities. “Let Her Play” has been able to reach over 4,000 children, youth and adults in and beyond Northern Nigeria.
In addition, the cascade process of training and sports programmes has benefitted over 300 children across two states and 15 leaders of youth by the second and third generation delegates.See More : GENERATIONS FOR PEACE LET HER PLAY CAMPAIGN
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KNOW AND SAY NO

This project is primarily concerned with raising awareness about Violence against women in the younger demographic who have otherwise been taught that violence against women is "permissible." Cultural and Religious misconceptions about girls have led girls to expect to be abused in one way or the other as they grow up and this has resulted in high levels of violence against women particularly in northern Nigeria. In majority, young girls have been otherwise thought that violence against women is permissible for certain reasons. Know and Say No provides a collaborative approach through seminars, male and female discussion and focus group activities to raise awareness about and discourage violence against women.


EEP
Training programmes and economic empowerment partnerships targeted at low income or out of school girls and women. Beneficiaries of this programme are empowered through capacity building and micro credit facilities to setup or build upon existing economically viable businesses or projects.




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