Jun 8, 2015

Update #2: Meet Joy, Volunteer in Nigeria

Joy Anthony
Joy Anthony

Joy Anthony is a Generations For Peace volunteer in Kaduna, Nigeria. Thanks to your generous support, she and her fellow volunteers will be working to empower women in her community, building skills that will help them to escape and transform the ongoing violent conflicts they face. Joy answers a few questions below to tell you more about her work.

We will only reach our goal of raising $7000 in 30 days with your support. Help Joy and Generations For Peace make the #IWantToBe Empowering Women For Peace in Nigeria campaign a success by using your social media networks! 

Learn how to support us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/27225-iwanttobe

 

Q: What are some of the issues women face in Nigeria?

Women in Kaduna face many challenges that prevent them from being guaranteed gender equality and empowerment. For example, a number of women are unaware of their inheritance rights and the freedom to purchase land due to inconsistent religious interpretations concerning these rights.

Women in the community are not as actively involved in community decision-making due to their disempowerment (e.g. from lack of skills or resources for income generation). There is limited knowledge and skills for effective advocacy efforts. There are feelings of helplessness and a belief that they cannot adequately initiate change in their communities. Community heads’ have an inability to work with women on peace building and conflict transformation issues that arise within communities.

Q: You are currently conducting a Women’s Empowerment For Peace programme with your fellow volunteers: why now and why this programme?

The programme focuses on helping women realise the important role they can play as women in the prevention and transformation of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace building and reconstruction. The programme equally seeks to inculcate sustainable positive values, life skills, and income generating skills.

Q: Can you tell us a bit more about the women you will be working with?

Thirty women were selected from ten different communities in Kaduna State - three women per community. Their ethnic groups include: Hausa, Fulani, Tiv, Igbira, Bajju, Tyap, Gbagyi, and Yoruba. They come from both Christian and Islamic religious backgrounds and are aged between 25–50 years old. They were selected because of their commitment and involvement in programmes that concern the wellbeing of women in the community. Most of them are female leaders in the community who form groups and community based organisations that support other women.

Q: What role should men play in supporting women in leadership and decision-making positions?

Men should assist and encourage women to take up roles of responsibility in community engagement, as their involvement can make a meaningful contribution to the growth of a community.

Q: What are your hopes for the programme?

To see women actively engaging with members of the community. To see a commitment to the promotion of gender equity. To demonstrate the value of women in decision-making and conflict transformation roles to the relevant authorities in the communities, which will transform the current situation. To promote the active engagement of women at the community level, which will lead to improved relationships between different groups and individuals in the communities. To increase the number of women involved in community decision-making!

Q: Why Generations for Peace?

I volunteer with Generations For Peace because of their focus on community development and peaceful co-existence among people.

Q: What drives you to do the work that you do?

The passion to make a change in my community drives me to do the work I do.

 

Please, help Joy and Generations For Peace raise $7000 by the end of June to support this important work for women in Nigeria. Donate your social media reach and share our story today.

Empowering Women For Peace in Nigeria
Empowering Women For Peace in Nigeria
Empowering Women For Peace in Nigeria
Empowering Women For Peace in Nigeria

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Jun 4, 2015

Update #1: $1000 raised so far!

Empowering Women For Peace Nigeria
Empowering Women For Peace Nigeria

Thanks again for your support of our project, #IWantToBe: Empowering Women For Peace in Nigeria!

We have raised over $1000! This is a good start, but we need to keep it going to raise the rest of our $7000 goal by June 30.  Please tell your friends and family about this important project, and help us empower more women to build sustainable peace in Kaduna. Read on to learn more about the context in which Generations For Peace volunteers are working in Nigeria.

After 46 years of British rule, Nigeria gained independence in 1960. Upon their departure, the British left a federal government in Nigeria that represented each of Nigeria’s three major ethnic groups (Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo) by region. However, as the electoral institutions were new and fragile, the post-independence government was left susceptible to a series of military coups and a violent civil war (1967-1970). After 16 years of military rule, democracy returned to Nigeria in 1999. Today, despite being Africa’s second-largest economy – ethnic tensions, and militant violence continue to pose serious threats to the stability of the country. 

Kaduna is the fourth largest state in Nigeria and houses a population of over six million. Over 50 languages are spoken in Kaduna, with the three major languages being Hausa, Gbari, and English. Kaduna is one of the main education centres in Nigeria with 12 post-secondary education institutions. However, despite being a state of promise, as a result of ongoing conflicts in the region, Kaduna continues to suffer:
  • Religious Tensions: divides have been particularly high since the violence that broke out between Muslims and Christians in 1987 (the Kafanchan disturbances), 1992 (clashes in a marketplace in Zangon-Kataf), and 2000 (Shariah riots in Kaduna City).
  • Gender Inequality: limited access to secondary school education as a result of poverty, early marriages, and poor health care access.
  • Poverty: caused by a booming population, income inequality and related crime (kidnappings, extortion).
In an attempt to address some of these conflicts, Generations For Peace has been working in Kaduna, Nigeria since 2009. Aiming to reduce religious tensions, increase gender equality, and improve economic opportunities, GFP continues to implement regular Sport, Advocacy, and Empowerment For Peace Programmes across 15 communities, training more than 180 volunteers in peacebuilding and conflict transformation who have in turn reached more than 5000 people.
Thanks to your support, we are closer to meeting our goal of raising $7000, which will directly benefit at least 30 women and their families with the skills they need to escape ongoing cycles of violence. You can donate your social media reach to support this campaign in two ways:
  • sign up for our Thunderclap campaign, which will send out a simultaneous, coordinated message across Twitter and Facebook and raise awareness about the #IWantToBe project; and/or
  • share this project with your friends and family with your own social media posts, and help us empower more women to build sustainable peace in Kaduna.
We look forward to sharing more with you soon! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for lots of updates and more stories from the field.
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