FIDA Nigeria yesterday, commenced a 3-day capacity building workshop for CSOs on SGBV and CEFM Prevention and Response for 15 CSOs representatives across the South under the Palladium SCALE Project.
FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch successfully hosted the Executive Committee of 19 Branches in the Northern region in a 2-day Intensive Leadership Training held on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th March 2022 at the Abuja Enterprise Agency, Jahi Abuja.
Branches in attendance include Abuja, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Gombe, Gwagwalada, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa and Yobe.
The Intensive Leadership Training organized by FIDA Nigeria was aimed at building the capacity of Branch executive officers to familiarize them with FIDA Nigeria’s preferred leadership disposition to achieving her mandate, the 5-Year Strategic Plan, Policies including the necessary tools/information for effective engagement, and project implementation at branch level.
The training had in attendance prominent resource persons and members of FIDA in the persons of:
Country Vice President/National President, Mrs. Amina Abgbaje, Country Vice President Emeritus, Mrs. Rhoda Tyoden Prevail, FIDA International Director, Mrs. Ezinwa Okoroafor, members such as Hon. Justice Olivia Dazyam, Lady Ifueko Ize-Iyamu, Dr. Rosemary Chikwendu, National Assistant Publicity Secretary, Shaltha Nachamada, and Assistant Program Manager FIDA Nigeria, Mrs. Ezinwa Obiajunwa.
At the start of the workshop, delegates were engaged in a pre-training exercise to ascertain the mind and level of preparedness of participants during the training.
Teachings were taken on topics such as Leadership, Team Building, Mediation, Counselling and Advocacy Skills, Functions of each Office and their Synergy, Organizational Effectiveness, Branch Annual Work Plan/Report Writing, and the five mechanisms for achieving the 5-year FIDA strategic plan.
Group exercises and presentations were carried out at the end of each session to identify and discuss the strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats peculiar to branches and thereby proffering solutions to these challenges.
In bringing the intensive training to a close, participants responded to a post-assessment questionnaire to ascertain their level of assimilation of all that was taught at the workshop.
On Tuesday, the 8th day of March 2022, The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Ekiti State Branch celebrated International Women’s Day with the theme: Gender Equality Today for A Sustainable Tomorrow
FIDA Ekiti ably led by the Chairperson; Oyinade Olatunbosun celebrated the day with a Public Sensitization at Erekesan Market (the King’s market)
The delegates were overwhelmingly received by the Market Women and their male counterparts.
The Traders were sensitized on:
- Women’s Rights are Human Rights.
- The need to protect their rights and those of their girl child
- The need for more female participation in politics and voting for more females in the forthcoming State and National elections.
- They were also sensitized on the need to protect the dignity of women by not striping them naked whenever they are alleged to have committed any crime in the Marketplace.
The sensitization was reiterated in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo languages as well as Ekiti dialect.
The Chairperson thereafter gave the market women the office hotlines to call whenever in distress or when needed.
FIDA Ekiti and other NGOs; including the National Council of Women Societies of Nigeria (NCWS), NAWOG, GRIP, and APIN in peaceful Rally marched to the State House of Assembly to protest on the five bills recently rejected and voted against by the National Assembly legislators.
In her speech, FIDA Ekiti Chairperson commended the Ekiti State House of Assembly members on their efforts in providing legal frameworks to protect the rights of women and children in Ekiti State and urged them to reach out to their male counterparts at the National Assembly on the acceptance of the five Bills rejected by the National Assembly. She cited the occurrences of the aftermath of the First World War and Rwanda War, which gave room for women’s participation in political leadership and other spheres in Society, she then emphasized that we should not always wait for wars before women are allowed to take up leadership roles and she also demanded accountability from the National Legislators.
The NAWOJ Chairperson in Ekiti also spoke on the recent development at the National Assembly and asked that the State intervenes.
The Representative of Gender Relevance Initiative Promotion (GRIP) as well as APIN Public Health Initiatives also corroborated what has been said by other agencies.
In his remark, the Honorable Speaker congratulated the different women groups on the celebration of International Women’s Day and appreciated their efforts. However, he also expressed his displeasure and disappointment in the National Law Makers for rejecting the Bills. He stated that the act of the National Assembly has brought the Nation backward.
He then urged the groups not to relent in fighting for their course till the Bills are passed by the National Assembly as he promised that the House will do all they can to reverse the rejection of the Bills.
FIDA Warri Conducts a Sensitisation Campaign for Rural Women in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State
As part of activities to mark the International Women’s Day, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Warri, Delta State, branch, carried out a sensitisation campaign for rural women in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
The one-day sensitization campaign had women drawn from 12 wards in Sapele council area of the state. The programme was tailored to create awareness for rural women in the areas of their fundamental rights, skill empowerment programmes and health enlightenment geared towards breaking the bias faced by the womenfolk.
The Chairperson of FIDA, Warri branch, Ogechi Jessica Megbele, who led other executive members to the event, said the sensitization campaign became imperative to ensure women in rural communities were abreast with what was happening globally and the need to be self-reliant.
Speaking on behalf of the council chairman, Ayemidejo assured the group that they would partner with them in future programmes tailored to create more awareness for rural women and the girl-child.
Those present at the campaign included Megbele Ogechi Jessica (chairperson), Oghenero Faith Megbele (assistant secretary), Beauty Ekpuda (PRO), Alero Omebeyinje Sifo (welfare secretary), Vanessa Oyemi Kubeyinje-Ngwu (treasurer), Ataine Aghogho, Zino Aikpokpo-Martins, Clara Omoroh, Dr. Ejiro Kore-Okiti, Timi Brisibe, Augustina Harrison Ojenikoh, Precious Pela, Harmony Agwu, Mrs. Egbo Onosakponome Juliet, Mrs. Irene Tadaferua, Weyimi Omoruwa, Mrs. Erhi and Mrs. G.G. Mure, among others.
FIDA Nigeria with funding from the Palladium Group with the support of USAID under the @nigeriascale Project is conducting a 3-day Capacity Building Training on SGBV & CEFM Prevention and Response for selected Northern Based Civil Society Organisations in Bauchi State.
On the 8th March 2022, the Chairperson of FIDA (Nig) Warri Branch Megbele Ogechi Jessica was a Resource person/ Mentor at the International Women’s Day celebration organized by Morgan Smart Development Foundation with a mentoring session hosted by Dr. Omawunmi Evelyn Atsiangbe Urhobo.
The International Women’s Day with the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”, Morgan Smart Development Foundation hosted about 50 women to a mentorship session on Entrepreneurship, Women’s Rights, Health, and Fashion.
It was a refreshing session as participants were exposed to strategies on becoming better and hard-working women to help in making society great 💪.
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, FIDA Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to the Canadian High Commission the team ably led by the Country Vice/National President (CVP) Amina Suzanah Agbaje were received by the Counsellor and Head of Development Corporation Kevin Tokar.
The CVP highlighted FIDA Nigeria’s mandate and the key areas of intervention around the protection and preservation of the rights of Women, Children and Persons Living with Disabilities as well as ways the commission can collaborate and partner with FIDA.
Earlier today, FIDA Nigeria in a delegation led by the Country Vice/National President Amina Suzanah Agbaje (Mrs.) paid a courtesy visit to Executive Director PIND Foundation Tunji Idowu, for possible partnership/collaboration aimed at strengthening interventions and advocacy in Niger Delta region. During the visit participants also commemorated the IWD 2022 by posing for photographs whilst striking the #BreakTheBais pose
FIDA Plateau was at Government Secondary School West of Mines earlier today, to carry out an awareness/Sensitization talk to the students, on the essence of International Women’s Day 2022, with the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.
FIDA Paid Courtesy Visit to Oba Aromire Ojora in Preparation for the Commemoration of the International Women’s Day
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria, Lagos Branch Lagos State, led by the Chairperson Mrs Chinwe Efobi paid an Advocacy/ Courtesy visit to Oba Abdul Fatai Aromire Ojora,
The Ojora of Ijora and Iganmu kingdom on Friday 4th of March 2022 in preparation for the commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) coming up on the 8th of March, 2022.
The aim of the visit was to sensitize the Kabiyesi and his subjects on the upcoming event.
In the Chairperson’s entourage were the Vice-Chairperson, Mrs Abimbola Jack Oladugba, the Head of Project Committee, Mrs Nnenna Nwaokobia, Project Committee member, Ono Oliko and FIDA Nigeria Programme Officer (Lagos), Adaeze Nkekolonye.
The Kabiyesi received us with great joy and assured us of his unalloyed support. The Oba was presented with the current copy of the Blaze, a publication of FIDA Lagos.
The visit was highly successful.