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WOMEN'S RIGHT TO EDUCATION PROGRAMME

WREP is an NGO with Special Consultative Status of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

-     Ms. Mimidoo Achakpa

-     Dr. Kabiru Isyaku Mni

-     Mrs. Juliet M. Wombo

-     Mrs. Theresa M. Chir - Deceased

-     Ms Rose Agbor Ayuk

-     Mr. Aliyu Yakubu


ADVISORY BOARD

-  Mrs. Mabel Ade

-  Prof. Peter Terfa Ortese

-  Mrs. Elizabeth N. Jeiyol

WREP NIGERIA’S ONGOING PROJECTS


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Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for all (CSACEFA);

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room;

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International Membership:

International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

Control Arms Campaign

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Women's Right to Education Programme

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Gudu District,Apo

P.O.Box 10235,Garki, Abuja-Nigeria


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THE GENDER DIMENSIONS OF SOCIAL CONFLICT, ARMED VIOLENCE AND PEACE BUILDING


There is a general belief there is a connection between gender and war-making. In trying to analyse this and come up with concrete evidence to affirm or dispel this assumption, a team of researchers came together in this project to investigate the link between gender and (violent) social conflict from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the feminist literature and research on micro-level (i.e. sub-state) dynamics of violence and peace building.


The research project seeks to establish the link between gender relations and collective violence at a micro-level, demonstrating how gender interacts with processes of violent escalation; and seeks to ascertain how peace building efforts enhance or constrain women’s and men’s agency for conflict management.  The project also aims to contribute toward the refinement of gender-sensitive peace building efforts, which are considered to be a norm in the making; and this norm encompasses three ideas: those of prevention, protection, and participation. In other words, the norm states that gender equality can help prevent war, that women need to be protected from gender-based violence, and that women should be participating in peace making. These ideas have diffused widely and have been mainstreamed into most civil society peace building and development efforts.


The expected impact of the project includes, but not limited to: knowledge building and mutual learning between academic researchers and practitioners, enhancement of institutional and network capacity for violence prevention and conflict resolution within countries, geographical regions and internationally; enhancement of micro-level network capacity and diffusion of knowledge on violence prevention practices among women residing in conflict-affected regions, thereby empowering them to address conflicts within their communities and addressing social conflicts more effectively by integrating women’s potential agency for violence prevention.


WOMEN LEAD AGRICULTURE IN NIGERIA PROJECT


The overall goal of the Women Lead in Agriculture project is the strengthening of existing and emerging women mobilization platforms and small holder women farmers associations for sustainable organizing for change and policy influencing in the Agricultural sector.


Small holder women farmers constitute a large percentage of agriculture labour force but they lack access to agricultural input and finance. Their rights to the lands on which they farm is very minimal. Issues that affect small holder women farmer are not prioritized in policy formulations and they are represented or even given the opportunity to participate in decision making pertaining the agricultural sector.


This model project “Women Lead Agriculture in Nigeria” employs interwoven strategies such as Capacity building, Policy engagement and public awareness to facilitate gender accountability, transparency, good governance and change in the Agricultural sector for development result.


The specific goal of the project therefore is “Increased women mobilization platforms and small holder women farmers association for sustainable organizing for change and policy influencing in the Agriculture sector.”


The project is also aimed at strengthening the capacity of Small holder women farmers group to engage policy makers to demand for gender accountability in the agriculture sector, improve the skills of small holder women farmers to organize and engage policy makers for gender mainstreaming in the Agriculture sector and increase public awareness on the role and contribution of women to the agriculture sector and the gender implications of agricultural policies and programmes.


The project is being implemented in Benue, Enugu, Kwara and Osun States with the lead organization being Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and implemented by Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP) in Benue State.


In carrying out activities in Benue state, the association paid advocacy visits to the coordinator of Women in Agriculture (WIN) at the State Ministry of Agriculture. The team has been able to identify the various Women in Agriculture groups in the three agricultural zones in the state comprising of zones A, B and C, and mapped out three LGAs from the three Zones (Gboko, Ukum and Oturkpo). These groups have been meeting, having their capacities built; and in strategizing the team visited piggery and poultry farms, in Gboko, and irrigation farm at tse-kucha to understand the challenges and opportunities. The small holder Women Farmers were trained on how to mobilize for transformative change and on the need to be organized as a team and demand for a change.


In order to change the narratives and set an agenda for improved commitment of Agricultural stakeholders in enhancing the life chances and livelihood of small holder women farmers in Nigeria towards the attainment of the newly launched sustainable development goals (SDG) , Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) and her cluster members at the state level with the support from USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project  in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development organized a one day meeting on the 17th of November 2015 in Abuja for smallholder women farmers, and the theme of the meeting was “Tackling Poverty in Nigeria Through Effective Engagement of Female smallholder farmers”. The essence of the meeting /discussion was to create an avenue were the women farmers had the opportunity to channel their challenges directly to the agricultural stakeholders, as the meeting proceeded the women farmers were sensitize on the best practices that will empower smallholder farmers in the quest for the attainment of the newly launched SDGs and also serve as a step up of a regular gender accountability forum on Agricultural policies and programmes in Nigeria.

INCREASING THE ACCESS OF GIRL -CHILD TO QUALITY EDUCATION IN WUKARI  AND TAKUM LGAS IN TARABA STATE, NORTH EAST, NIGERIA


Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP) is implementing a project titled “Increasing the access of girl -child to quality education in Wukari  and Takum LGAs in Taraba state, North East, Nigeria”, with support from the TY Danjuma Foundation.


A large part of the Nigerian population made up of mostly women and girls lack basic education and some of the deep rooted problems that have been widely overlooked that have given rise to this phenomenon are the failure to provide the students with conducive learning environment enriched with meaningful curriculum, quality teaching and enriching community support.  The resultant effect of this situation is twofold: dearth of adequate knowledge base and high skills to propel the national economy and the perennial cycle of illiteracy induced poverty.  Unfortunately, the staggering reality as a nation is that the education system in Nigeria has been increasingly decaying over the years without any substantive intervention, particularly by government at various levels who should have been honest in discerning and implementing programmatic remedies. We are now left with the daunting task of correcting years of neglect and anomaly in Nigerian education system.


The TY Danjuma Foundation daunting challenge of contributing its quota to enhancing the quality of life of Nigerians by supporting initiatives that improve access to educational opportunities as well as health.


Haven identified the urgency of the situation, Women’s Right to Educational Programme (WREP), took up the challenge to implement a project that would enhance the educational situation of selected communities in Taraba State. The project is being implemented in Wukari and Takum local governments in Taraba state with the target of reaching about 2000 primary school pupils giving them access to education through the provision of renovating class rooms and providing furniture.

The overarching goal of the project is to carter for the large number of pupils, especially the girl child in a bid to reduce illiteracy among the rural poor, boost the education sector of the state, increase community participation in school governance as well as provide an environment that will enhance productive teaching-learning process.

The project is also geared towards increasing access to quality education through rehabilitation of infrastructures and supply of furniture (class rooms) in Tor Iorshagher LGEA primary school Rafin Kada ward of Wukari, and Lijam LGEA primary schools of Takum LGA’s in Taraba State. Capacity of building for teachers to enhance effective dissemination of knowledge to primary school pupils is a major feature in this project with the impartation of skills in school record keeping, curriculum development, public speaking and books preservation. The project is also working towards increasing community participation and ownership of schools through setting up and strengthening School Based Management Committees in the selected primary schools.