Occasionally we seek young passionate women to join our team
We believe young people has the capacity to bring about the needed change in promoting gender balance and inclusion of all persons in leadership and decision making process in Nigeria. Nigeria need a pool of professionals trained and awake to the need for mainstreaming gender in our processes. Opportunities available includes;
My name is Joy Haa and I am one of the NWTF NILEVAWG mentees in Plateau State. This mentorship program has better equipped me with more understanding around patriarchy and cultural norms that has impede women's leadership in all spheres which has promoted Violence against Women and Girls(VAWG) in whatever form. I also learnt about right-based approaches to ending Violence against Women and Girls, in-depth review of frameworks on ending violence against women and girls as well as gender-based violence, and also the role of stakeholders and how to constructively engage them in ending violence against women and girls/GBV and in supporting women's leadership. Knowledge and experiences gained from this mentorship program enabled me to join forces with the Plateau State NILEVAWG mentees to engage in VAWG/GBV activities tagged; Project Unmute, aimed at breaking the culture of silence to end violence against women and girls and gender-based violence in Plateau State. We (Plateau State mentees) were able to conduct capacity building training/sensitization in secondary schools in Jos which was followed by the establishment of VAWG/GBV prevention clubs to enhance adequate reporting and documentation of GBV/VAWG especially those cases perpetrated in schools and environs. We made available help-lines to the school authorities and the teachers who serve as patrons and matrons of the GBV/VAWG clubs - for immediate reporting of such cases. During the capacity building training, we also impacted the teachers and students with relevant information on how they can salvage rape-case evidence which will be effective when they want to report such cases to the nearest police station. We (Plateau State NILEVAWG mentees) also engaged with some stakeholders in some civil society organizations in Plateau State, who helped us with some simplified materials on/around VAWG/GBV which greatly enabled us also in our engagement in the schools and community. These materials were distributed to the schools during the establishment of the VAWG/GBV clubs, that the schools could use to further enlighten other students on the subject matter which will also project the activities of the clubs. On a general note, the NWTF NILEVAWG mentorship program was indeed timely and a welcome development because the positive impact recorded is going beyond us the Plateau State mentees, transcending down to our grassroots communities. This is greatly enhancing a change in narrative on the issues of Violence against women and girls and gender-based violence especially school-related. I am indeed grateful to be impacted as part of this initiative and to contribute my quota to curb the menace of violence against women and girls and gender-based violence that has caused a stumbling block to women excelling in leadership.Thank you Nigerian Women Trust Fund Ford Foundation
My name is Helen Inyang ,the CEO and founder of Mother Aid and Child protection and Development Initiative,. Mentee from Abuja... My foundation cannot tell its stories without mentioning NWTF.....being mentored by Mrs Mufuliat Dasola Fijabi was an amazing experience ...I have gained valuable knowledge skills and ideas that has help in the administration of my organization and its engagements in the fight against GBV.. thank you NWTF....
My experience as a NWTF mentee will always remain a memorable one, of course filled with only pleasant positive memories. It helped me enhance my self confidence and my resolve to never think less of myself based on my gender. I have used the knowledge to educate people around me especially women, on why they should never think less of themselves. I have also pushed many to always strive to be heard and compete to be amongst the best wherever they find themselves.