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Date of branch inauguration: 7th December 1991
Chairperson – Ijeoma Opara-Ehikwe
Vice Chairperson – Rhoda Sule
Secretary – Mrs Ellah
Chairperson – Rhoda Sule
Vice Chairperson – Rose Nwosu
General secretary – Saratu Shafii
Assistant General Secretary – Jane Tapgun
Treasurer – Laraba M. Shuaibu
Financial secretary – Laraba Jim
Social/welfare Secretary – Rose Ugbane
Public Relations Officer – Helen Martins Oloja
Chairperson – Rose O. Nwosu
Vice Chairperson – Mrs Ramatu
General Secretary – Ojobo Atuluku/Rhoda Tyoden Moore
Assistant General Secretary – Amaka Ogbonna
Treasurer – Hadiza Gaji
Financial Secretary – Christy Kolo
Social/Welfare Secretary – Rose Ugbane
Public Relations Officer – Awele Udobi
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Mrs Ogunkani
2000 – 2002
Chairperson – Rose O. Nwosu
Vice Chairperson – Roseline Tasha
General Secretary – Rhoda Tyoden Moore
Assistant General Secretary – Amaka Ogbonna
Treasurer – Hadiza Gaji
Financial Secretary – Christy Kolo
Social/Welfare Secretary – Rose Ugbane
Public Relations Officer – Awele Udobi
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Mrs. Ogunkani
2002 – 2004
Chairperson – Hauwa E. Shekarau
Vice chairperson – Laraba M. Shuaibu
General Secretary – Awele Udobi
Assistant General Secretary – Perpetual Adimekwe
Treasurer – Christy Kolo
Financial Secretary – Chinelo Aroh
Social/Welfare Secretary – Uju Onokwoli
Public Relations Officer – Roseline Tasha
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Racheal Ordu
2004 – 2006
Chairperson – Hauwa Shekarau
Vice chairperson – Laraba M. Shuaibu
General Secretary – Ogechi Abu
Assistant General Secretary – Comfort Enejo
Treasurer – Princess Chukwuani
Financial Secretary – Ify Abraham
Social/Welfare Secretary – Nkem Obiakor
Public Relations Officer – Ndalaku Ogudebe
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Carol Opene
2006 – 2009
Chairperson – Chinelo V. Iriele
Vice chairperson – Roseline Tasha
General Secretary – Chinelo Aroh
Assistant General Secretary – Ijeoma Agwu
Treasurer – Carol Opene
Financial Secretary – Comfort Enejo
Social/Welfare Secretary – Odera Ozobialu
Public Relations Officer – Ogechi Abu
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Beatrice Asikem
2009 – 2011
Chairperson – Laraba M. Shuaibu
Vice chairperson – Odera Ozobialu
General Secretary – Amina S. Agbaje
Assistant General Secretary – Damilola B. Awesu
Treasurer – Ozioma Izuora
Financial Secretary – Rhoda Tyoden Moore
Social/Welfare Secretary – Ngozi T. Ikenga
Public Relations Officer – Laura Ajoiyi
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Comfort Enejo
2011 – 2013
Chairperson – Iyabode Ogunseye
Vice chairperson – Ozioma Izuora
General Secretary – Doris Ikpeze
Assistant General Secretary – Patience Okoh
Treasurer – Kate Okoli
Financial Secretary – Ngozi T. Ikenga
Social/Welfare Secretary – Faozat Olanike Bakrin
Public Relations Officer – Ijeoma Alisi
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Alheri B. Dauda
2013 – 2016
Chairperson – Amina S. Agbaje
Vice chairperson – V.O. Awomolo SAN
General Secretary – Damilola B. Awesu
Assistant General Secretary – Ukpeme Akpan Okon
Treasurer – Rekia-Rachael Adejo-Andrew
Financial Secretary – Chibuzo Nwosu
Social/Welfare Secretary – Chioma Uwazie
Public Relations Officer – Julia Utulu
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Chioma Onyenucheya-Uko
2016 – 2019
Chairperson – Ngozi T. Ikenga
Vice chairperson – Rekia- Rachael Adejo- Andrew
General Secretary – Grace Y. Popoola
Assistant General Secretary – Esther Omaka
Treasurer – Damilola B. Awesu
Financial Secretary – Olufummilayo Igunnu
Social/Welfare Secretary – Stella C. Duru
Public Relations Officer – Chioma Onyenucheya-Uko
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Ndidi E. Ukoha
2019 – 2021
Chairperson – Rekia-Rachael Adejo-Andrew
Vice chairperson – Chibuzo Nwosu
General Secretary – Nachamada Shaltha
Assistant General Secretary – Ezinwa Obiajunwa
Treasurer – Mohammed Adama
Financial Secretary – Fransisca Akaniro-Opara
Social/Welfare Secretary – June Idang Etim
Public Relations Officer – Mojirayo O. Nkanga
Assistant Public Relation Officer – Hauwa George-Obas
2022 – date
Chairperson – Chibuzo Maureen Nwosu
Vice-chairperson – Francisca Akaniro–Opara
General Secretary – Mojirayo Ogunlana–Nkanga
Assistant General Secretary – Charity Chinonyerem Ibezim
Treasurer – Wendy Nwenenda Kuku
Asst. Secretary – Dooshima Esther Abege
Welfare Secretary – Ifeoluwa Johnson
Inauguration of the FCT GBV Monitoring & Evaluation Committee
The Chairperson Abuja branch, Chibuzo Nwosu and Program Officer, Chioma Okoye – Chukwuma honored an invitation by the Foundation for Resilient Empowerment & Development (FRED) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs held at the Community Hall, Social Development Secretariat Area 10, Garki, Abuja. On Thursday, 30th of March, 2023.
The meeting was initiated by FRED to inaugurate the FCT GBV M & E State technical working group and subcommittees, present and adopt the finalized Terms of Reference (TOR) and finally upscale the collation and reporting of rate of incidents of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the FCT using the national GBV reporting tools to enhance GBV data coordination and Management.
Goodwill messages were taken from Representatives of Nigerian Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Legal secretariat, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs (FMWA), Health Secretariat, Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative (AWDI) Foundation For Resilient Empowerment (FRED) and our own very Chairperson, FIDA (Nigeria) Abuja Branch.
Delivering her goodwill message, the Chairperson applauded the Mandate Secretary for taking the initiative to establish the FCT Gender Based Violence Monitoring and Evaluation State Technical Working Group (GBV-STWG) with the aim of collective responsibility in the fight against Elimination of Violence against women and children in the FCT. She pledged her support towards the effective and efficient collaboration of FIDA as a member of the State Technical Working Group in implementing their mandate and activities. Presenting the finalized FCT GBV Terms of Reference for sub-committees, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer of FRED, Ahmeena Danjuma urged stakeholders for a collective participation in STWG activities so as to bridge the gaps in coordinating GBV reporting in the FCT. She concluded by encouraging participants who were yet to identify with a subcommittee to enlist and participate in committee activities as provided for in the Terms of Reference.
In closing, the Mandate Secretary of Social Development Secretariat applauded stakeholders for attending the inauguration while stating that the inauguration of the STWG is a laudable milestone in the fight to end violence against women and children. She further urged stakeholders to work together to create a society free from all forms of violence against women and children. She warmly thanked participants and formally inaugurated the FCT State Technical Working Group.
Courtesy from Baze University Law Student
Law Students of Baze University, Abuja led by their Family Law Lecturer in the person of the past Vice-Chairperson of FIDA Abuja Branch, Mrs. Ozioma Izuorah and other members of the law faculty Professor, Mrs. Patricia Obi, FIDA Member and Ms. Tosin Yemi Oke (Law Clinic Coordinator) paid an advocacy visit to FIDA Abuja Branch Secretariat, at Federal Ministry of Justice Complex, Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday, the 22nd February, 2023
The purpose of the Visit was to gain knowledge of FIDA’s mandate and activities in relation to domestic violence against women and children.
The group was warmly received by the Chairperson of the Branch, Chibuzo M. Nwosu who gave a brief introduction/overview of FIDA’s mandate, activities and her role in the elimination of all forms of violence against indigent and vulnerable women and children.
The branch’s Program Officer, Mrs. Chioma Okoye-Chukwuma, engaged the students in an interactive session where she extensively explained the concept of S/GBV using the provisions of the VAPP Act, Professional ethics as a GBV service provider, approaches in dealing with S/GBV, preventive and protective measures and also referral pathways for referring cases of S/GBV to appropriate agencies.
She further enlightened them on the platforms (Advocacy, Campaigns, Monitoring of Bills, Paralegals and Capacity Building for relevant Actors in GBV sphere) FIDA has employed in trying to curb and respond to cases of S/GBV in grassroot communities.
In a question-and-answer session, some students asked pertinent questions which were extensively answered by the Chairperson and Program Officer who urged the students to put the information they had gotten during the visit into good use especially at their immediate environment such as; school, churches & homes.
The Assistant Secretary, Charity C. Ibezim ceased the opportunity to introduce the FIDA Student Associate Membership program to the teaming students who expressed interest in becoming Student-Associates. It was agreed that the Branch will pay the School’s Law Faculty a courtesy visit with respect to the FIDA Student-Associate Membership once they resume in March 2023.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
FIDA Abuja joins women and girls world over to mark the 12th anniversary of the ‘International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation’.
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the day provides the opportunity for Governments, Member States, civil society organizations, development partners, activists, and other relevant stakeholders to raise awareness, renew commitments and reiterate that female genital mutilation is an unacceptable harmful practice and a violation of women and girls’ basic human rights.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is most often carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15. In every form in which it is practiced, FGM is a violation of girls’ and women’s fundamental human rights, including their rights to health, security and dignity.
The theme of the 2023 commemorations is “Partnership with Men and Boys to Transform Social and Gender Norms to End Female Genital Mutilation” #MenEndFGM.
The rationale for partnering with men and boys, without detracting from the focus on women and girls, is to ensure families, communities, institutions, and policy-makers support and invest in girls to promote the elimination of female genital mutilation. Men/boys’ engagement is required to address the barriers and discriminatory gender norms that sustain this harmful practice. Advocacy and programming efforts should support men and boys in recognizing their power and privilege to further the interests of women and girls, while simultaneously transforming masculinities and practicing accountability towards women and girls.
The practice of female genital mutilation is rooted in gender inequality and power imbalances between men and women– and it sustains them by limiting opportunities for girls and women to realize their rights and full potential in terms of health, education, income, and equality.
To this end, empowering girls and women to realize their rights and potential by ensuring access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities accelerates the elimination of female genital mutilation and contribute to equitable social and economic development, and ensure no girl or woman is left behind.
FIDA Abuja through this medium is making a solemn Call to Action to engage men and boys as agents of positive change in shifting unequal power relations, promoting positive masculinities, and changing attitudes and behaviors that are a cause and consequence of female genital mutilation; Promote gender-transformative programming that aspires to address the root causes of gender inequality and invest in national-level policies and legislations protecting the rights of girls and women.
There is great potential in eliminating this harmful practice through sustainable partnerships with men and boys and we look forward to achieving that.
Chibuzo M. Nwosu
Chairperson FIDA Abuja
FIDA Abuja Advocacy Visit Piwoyi
On the 24th of January 2023, FIDA Abuja ably led by the branch Chairperson Chibuzo M Nwosu and delegates took its activism to the Community of Piwoyi, Abuja.
The activism sought to awaken the political consciousness of rural women with a focus on their role in the coming elections.
While introducing the branch and its mandate, the Chairperson seized the opportunity to educate women on key provisions of the VAPP Act 2015 particularly on the roles women play in nation-building.
The Chairperson further distilled various ways in which women can actively participate in the scheme of things by asking pertinent questions about the leaders in their community, mobilizing for the support of female aspirants while urging the women in the community to get their Permanent Voters’ Card and utilize the numeric power of women to vote the right people into office in the forthcoming general elections.
She, however, reiterated on the need to frown at any form of abuse or violence before, during, and after the elections using Sections 23, 24, and 26 of the VAPP Act as a point of reference.
Also present at the palace was Samuel Bako (Acting Palace Chief), Nuhu Dog (Waziri of Piwoyi Palace), Abilah Boyedo (Sartin Noma), Elisha Shekwagu (Secretary to the Palace); Francisca Akaniro Opara (Vice-Chairperson), Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga (General Secretary) Olosen Victoria Ibiezugbe (Publicity Secretary), Dooshima Abege (Assistant Publicity Secretary) and other members of the branch.
Poignant questions surrounding the rights of widows over their late husbands’ money; the legality of reporting and submitting ones recalcitrant child on the abuse of drugs to the authority; the propriety of arresting women for indecent exposure, were asked by men and women of the community. All of these questions were carefully and assiduously answered in detail by the Chairperson.
At the end of the event, the Secretary to the Palace appreciated FIDA for her good deeds especially as the Chairperson’s message touched on issues affecting them, while the Vice Chairperson, Francisca Akaniro Opara thanked the elders for allowing FIDA to reach the heart of his community.
Copies of the VAPP Act and FIDA flyers were however presented to the community.
16 Days of Activism 2022
FIDA Abuja On the 30th of November 2022, in commemoration of the 16 days UNiTE Campaign took its activism to the Junior Secondary School Lugbe, Abuja
The Chairperson who led delegates introduced the branch and it’s core mandate to the principal, teachers and students of the school who had never heard about FIDA. Riding on the crux of the visit, the Chairperson together with Elders of the branch enlightened the students on key provisions of the VAPP Act 2015 while iterating the need to frown at any form of abuse or violence.
In creating awareness of the campaign, Elder Mrs Gloria Ezezika tasked the student to embrace love and unity in consonance with the year’s theme “UNiTE”. While on issues of abuse, Elder Mrs. Ngozi Agubalu admonished the female students to be wary of sexual predators and report any form of sexual abuse to the school authority.
At the end of the visit, the Chairperson assured of FIDA’s subsequent visit leaving copies of FIDA flyers with the school authority.
On the 29th of November 2022, the Branch honored a call by the Social Development Secretariat in partnership with the FCT Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team and support of the EU-UN Spotlight to its FCT Conference as the Keynote Speaker in commemoration of the 2022 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
The conference was organized to examine the progress so far and strengthen areas of collaboration between stakeholders in addressing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence in the FCT.
Present at the conference were representatives of key stakeholders such as Action Aid, Nigeria Police Force, Spotlight Initiative, FIDA Abuja in the persons of the Publicity Secretary Olosen Victoria Ibiezugbe and Welfare Secretary (Emerita) June Idang Etim who delivered the keynote address on behalf of the Chairperson. In her keynote address, the Chairperson admonished survivors of violence to seek support and redress at women centers that support sexual and gender-based violence survivors.
The highlight of the event saw the Executive Director, People Living with Disability, Katherine Ede delivered a message of inclusion and quality representation of the deaf and other People Living With Disabilities while also making a passionate plea for a better platform to ensure inclusion in the fight against gender-based violence.
Another remarkable moment was the presentation by a female Paper Collage Artist, Uche Uguru who draws inspiration from particularly Nigerian women and who presented a collage of excellent images made from paper.
Capping the program, the Director of Gender, Mrs. Grace Adayo encouraged women to be united with one voice as the year’s theme “UNITE” presupposes while lending their voices in various spheres of life thereby creating more awareness in society.
FIDA Abuja Tasks Mdas on Gender Friendly Policy for Female Farmers.
On the 13th of October 2022, the branch honoured an invitation extended by the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), an organization which mobilizes people against poverty, tackle inequality that keeps people poor and end injustice.
The program held in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Civil Society Organizations was aimed at recognizing and celebrating Women Food Producers and their contributions towards food security in the country and inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit of women and youths.
Present at the Award ceremony were the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture in the person of Dr. Ernest A. Umakhihe, directors of the Ministry of Agriculture, FIDA Abuja represented by the Chairperson Chibuzo M. Nwosu and the Treasurer Wendy Kuku among others.
As a critical stakeholder in women’s economic empowerment and agriculture, FIDA Abuja ably represented by the Chairperson Chibuzo M. Nwosu while introducing the FIDA mandate, commended OXFAM and organizers for supporting women and decorating the female farmers Alias “Ogbonge Women” with the prestigious award.
In her remark, the Chairperson urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to make friendly policies to enhance business of female farmers. While thanking the “Ogbonge” women for their contributions towards nation-building, she further appealed to women representatives in various MDAs to lend their support in a just cause such as the OXFAM initiative as women have the propensity to multiply resources given to them.
CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT TRAINING FOR LEGAL OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS (NYSC), ABUJA
On the 27th of September FIDA Abuja graced the opening ceremony of the Training Program for Legal Officers of the National Youth Service Corps with the theme “THE ROLE OF LEGAL OFFICERS IN DELIVERING QUALITY LEGAL SERVICE IN NIGERIA”.
The training organized by the National Youth Service Corps was put together to ensure legal officers of the NYSC have appropriate education and training on the ideals and ethical duties of lawyers with focus on the provisions of the National Youth Service Corps Act 2004 and its accompanying Bye-Laws of 1993.
The branch was duly represented by the Chairperson, Chibuzo M. Nwosu and the Publicity Secretary, Olosen Victoria Ibiezugbe. Also present at the opening ceremony were the Representative of the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Mrs C.I Ubah; the Director Legal NYSC, Barr. Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim, Representative of the Justice of the Court of Appeal, Mrs Josphine Ekperobe among many others.
As the guest speaker, the Chairperson in a goodwill message urged legal officers to arm themselves with the profession’s right knowledge, skill and ethics. She further noted the timely invitation as FIDA anticipates a synergy with the National Youth Service Corps by training and integrating corps members as paralegals of the Association and in the administration of justice.
PRESS RELEASE ON THE INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS’ DAY “Sustainable Solutions for Widows Financial Independence”.
FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch, commiserate with women who are facing life single-handedly throughout the Nation and the world on the occasion of the International Widow’s Day 2022.
Nothing upends the world of a woman like the death of her husband, leaving her at a loss for what to do next.
In the face of widowhood, women often struggle with serious economic hardship. Women frequently inherit nothing when a marriage ends on account of death. Some may even lose their children to the husband’s lineage. Broader patterns of gender inequality add to the heavy burden on women’s shoulders. They are shut out of labor markets, have fewer productive assets, and bear greater responsibility for the care of children.
The situation for widows is especially dire in developing countries like Nigeria. Some of the problems widows face in the country include poverty, oppression, social stigmatization, and health issues.This is because many widows don’t have access to credit facilities or other economic resources, including work. This is a stark contrast to their male counterparts, who are not subject to similar socio-economic exclusion within households.
We need the right policy measures to shield widows from the threat of poverty and hardship. Policies and reforms that address systemic inequalities can enable women to support themselves in the face of marital death. Reforms to ensure equal ownership and inheritance rights for women; and securing customary marriages through registration and legal documentation.
At the end of the day, the surest solution to financial independence is empowerment through education. And FIDA in keeping with the form and spirit of various Conventions and Laws on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination and Violence against Women will not relent in the fight towards eradicating harmful socio-cultural practices through re-education campaign for women, policy reforms and empowerment.
With that said, i urge you today to offer an encouragement to a widow that you know and volunteer to help widows in your church or your community so that together we can help create a sustainable future for the widow and her dependants.
Chibuzo M. Nwosu
Chairperson FIDA Abuja
Olosen Victoria Ibiezugbe
FIDA Abuja Press Release on International Day of the African Child
Theme: Eliminating Harmful Practices (Progress of Policies and Practice since 2013)
Today we join the rest of Africa to celebrate the day of the African child. FIDA recognizes the importance of the Day of the African Child (DAC) as an advocacy tool for enhancing the visibility of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the Charter) as well as promoting children’s rights and welfare issues. The DAC is a day to inspire a sober reflection and action towards addressing the plethora of challenges that children in Africa face on a daily basis.
Today, we have a generation of young people who are clear that Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage cannot continue. FGM and child marriage are harmful in every sense of the word. They have a devastating impact on women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and on their mental health.
Both are linked to high rates of maternal mortality, lower use of family planning, and unwanted pregnancies. They rob women of the opportunity to be educated, to become part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to grow into their imaginative and innovative, clever selves, and stretch out to new possibilities, and for them and their families to enjoy all benefits that a decent job brings.
Ending FGM and child marriage is a target firmly rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The elimination of these harmful practices, therefore, makes a crucial contribution, not only to progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment but towards all the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, on health, education, decent work, and poverty reduction.
The links between poverty, FGM, child marriage, and violence against women and girls are already well established. To put an end to these practices once and for all, we must address the root causes—gender inequality and all discrimination—and work toward women and girls as well as boys grasping the future that has been promised in Agenda 2063 and the many other important declarations that exist.
We know that in the Sustainable Development Goals, the vision is for a world that has no harmful practices. The campaign against harmful cultural practices, in particular, child marriage is significantly reflected in legislation, policies, and practice, including the establishment of the Child Rights Act 2003 and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015 and its adoption in over 26 States of Nigeria, indicates that there is a change in public attitudes on issues around child marriage (and other vices affecting children) in a progressive pattern.
Another critical issue is the need to build and accelerate efforts to end violence against children, individually and collectively. Violence against children, including in conflict and humanitarian situations, is endemic across the continent. Accordingly, governments, civil society, children, and other stakeholders are urged to intensify efforts to end all forms of violence thereby accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2040 Aspirations for an Africa fit for children. The goal of Agenda 2040, which was adopted in 2016, is for African governments to implement to ensure the respect and protection of children’s rights as guaranteed in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
We call on religious leaders, people who are the custodians of the norms and traditions in many countries to take a stand making sure that there are no excuses for harming women and girls in the name of religion. There is nothing that can justify these practices. No religious or cultural belief or medical reason.
The gains to come from ending these harmful practices are more than individual, more than family, more than community. And of course, the highest price is the respect for women and girls in their communities and the respect for the rights of children in general.
FIDA Abuja celebrates Children’s Day 2022
FIDA Nigeria, Abuja branch on the 26th of May 2022 in a delegation led by the Chairperson Miss Chibuzo M. Nwosu, went on an Advocacy visit to Life Gate Academy Wuye, Abuja in commemoration of the Children’s Day celebration 2022
The Chairperson enlightened the children on key provisions of the VAPP ACT as it affects their rights and well-being such as Rape, Female Genital Mutilation, and Injury to Persons with particular emphasis on the adverse effects of bullying.
To cap the visit, the children asked certain pertinent questions as the Chairperson and other members present answered them accordingly. Copies of the VAPP Act were gifted to the school for the use of the children.
On the 2nd of May 2022, FIDA Abuja branch led by the Chairperson Ms. Chibuzo M. Nwosu, successfully carried out an advocacy outreach at the Chief of Karu’s Palace Dr. Emmanuel Kyauta Yepwi JP the Saka Ruyi of Karu FCT, Abuja, to sensitize members of the Community of Karu on the provisions of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP).
Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Child Protection Network, Social welfare officers, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), and gatekeepers of the Kayarda community.
1. Chibuzo Maureen Nwosu
2. Francisca Akaniro–Opara.
3. Mojirayo Ogunlana–Nkanga.
4. Charity Chinonyerem Ibezim.
5. Wendy Nwenenda Kuku
6. Dooshima Esther Abege.
-Assistant Publicity Secretary.
7. Ifeoluwa Johnson.
Tuesday 27th July 2021
FIDA (Nigeria), Abuja Branch paid a courtesy visit to Boss Mustapha: the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Tuesday 27th July 2021. the branch was received on behalf of the SGF by Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri: Permanent Secretary: General Services Office (GSO). The purpose of the visit was to establish relationships for collaboration, partnership, and synergy.
On the 30th of June 2021, FIDA Abujawas represented on NTA by our amiable PRO Emeritus, Mrs. Chioma Onyenucheya-Uko on the program Otutu Oma to discuss the plight of widows in Nigeria and the impact of FIDA in sensitizing women on their legal rights; promoting and advocating for legal reforms to address salient issues. The chairperson of the branch, Mrs. Rekia Rachael Adejo-Andrew was also on NTA Yoruba on the 1st of July 2021 on the program Ojumo re to discuss the plights of widows in Nigeria and the impact of FIDA in sensitizing women on their legal rights; and in promoting and advocating for legal reforms to address salient issues.
FIDA Abuja Commemorate International Widows Day 2021
In commemoration of International Widows Day 2021, FIDA Nigeria, Abuja branch organized a benevolence outreach for some widows in Abuja. The branch supported them with tokens. The women appreciated the gifts while appealing to FIDA to continue to intervene in the lives of women and children for the benefit of society at large.
Courtesy Visit to His Excellency the Minister of Health
FIDA (Nigeria), Abuja Branch, on the 11th of June 2021, paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie E. Ehanire for the purpose of collaboration, partnership, and synergy
Visit to Orphanage home in Karu, FCT
In celebration of Nigerian Children on this day which is an annual event on May 27th and in continuation of the Law Week of the International Federation of Women Lawyers- FIDA (Nigeria) Abuja Branch, as part of FIDA’s mandate to children, paid a visit to the Orphanage home in Karu, FCT. The home at the material time has 67 children with the youngest being a 2-month-old baby.
FIDA Abuja celebrated the children’s day with them by donating gifts which included several boxes of clothes, shoes, foodstuffs, toiletries, diapers etc all donated by members of the Branch. Also, enlightened them about their rights as enshrined in the Child Rights Act.
Visit to Suleija Correctional Centre
FIDA (Nigeria) Abuja Branch commenced her 2021 Law Week on the 20th of May with a visit to the Suleja Correctional Centre where a free legal Clinic for 31 female inmates comprising of 3 nursing mothers (with 3 toddlers) and 1 pregnant woman was conducted. Welfare packages comprising of toiletries, beverages, diapers, clothing items, foodstuffs etc. were also distributed.
Sensitization Visit to Kuje Area Council
On the 18th of March, 2021, FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch with support from MacArthur Foundation undertook a community sensitization outreach on the provisions of the Administrative of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 using the simplified English version at Kuje Area Council.
40 participants were drawn from various communities in Kuje Area Council majority of whom were women.
The FIDA Abuja team was led by the Chairperson: Rekia R. Adejo-Andrew who took the participants through the Act using the simplified English version as the teaching aid.
Participants demonstrated their understanding by asking very relevant questions.
Centre Inaugurattion In Gwagwalada
On the 25th of February 2021, FIDA Abuja in ensuring access to justice by citizens of the Gwagwalada Area Council inaugurated a Centre of the Branch in Gwagwalada.
The inauguration was chaired by My Lord, Honourable Justice I. A. Kutigi the Supervisory Judge of Gwagwalada and Kwali who was represented by Chief Magistrate Shafa.
The Country Vice President/National President: Rhoda Prevail Tyoden who was represented by the Deputy Country Vice President: Amina Sussanah Agbaje gave a goodwill message.
Members of the Branch who attended the inauguration included but not limited to Chief Mrs Victoria Olufunmilayo Awomolo SAN who gave a talk on the role of FIDA in Society.
16 Days of Activism 2020
In continuation of the 16days activism, the FIDA (Nigeria) Abuja branch in collaboration with the NBA Abuja Branch- the Unity Bar on Saturday 5th December, 2020 engaged in an Advocacy Road Walk which started from the Federal Ministry of Justice through Transcorp Hilton and terminated at the Farmers Market in Maitama.
At the market, the traders and shoppers were given fliers with the FIDA Abuja office address & hotline. They were also addressed on the dangers and ills of violence against Women and girls. The advocacy message was first spoken in English and Pidgin and then the 3 main Nigerian languages of Igbo, Hausa & Yoruba.
FIDA Abuja Branch members at the Press conference on Thursday the 26 of November 2020 in commemoration of 16 days of activism.
To flag off the 16 days activism 2020, FIDA Abuja, visited the Suleja and Kuje Correctional Service Centers with the Honourable Chief Judge of the FCT, Hon. Justice I.U.Bello.
Christmas came early for some of the inmates who were granted amnesty by the Chief Judge. Some of these convicts were women who had been convicted to imprisonment with the option of fine.
FIDA Abuja branch in its effort to always ensure the welfare of women, took on the responsibility to pay off the fines of some of these women who had no way of paying their fines.
Network of the Bar, Bench, Police & Correctional Service
FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch with support from MacArthur Foundation commenced a 4 day stakeholders meeting with the Bench, Bar, Police & Correctional Services to ensure the Effective Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 in the FCT
As part of the United Nations Spotlight Initiative (UNSI) project activities, FIDA Abuja organised a one day training for senior government officials and Civil Society organizations in the FCT on Gender Responsive Budgeting, today the 10th of September 2020.
Participants were trained on responsive budgeting and impact of poor funding on women while also analyzing budget programmes from gender perspectives. There were group tasks and presentations and the group adopted an advocacy plan to promote increased budget allocation on gender and to track compliance to gender responsive budgeting
ON 1st Sept, 2020, FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch with the support of ActionAid and funding from Global Affairs Canada held a three day training of community paralegals in Jahi community in the FCT. The training was aimed at building the capacity of community paralegals and creating awareness of SGBV as it affects the community.
Part of the training included an exposition of the VAPP Act in its simplified version to enable
paralegals understand and relate adequately to its provisions towards responding to cases of SGBV in the community.
ON 17TH JUNE, 2019: Sensitization and Advocacy outreach on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act to Anglican Girls Secondary School, Apo, Abuja, as part of Oxfam Project Activities.
ON 20TH JUNE, 2019: The inauguration of the current executive members of FIDA (Nigeria) Abuja branch for the service years 2019-2022
ON 26TH JUNE, 2019: FIDA Abuja held a press conference in commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Ilicit Trafficking
ON 29th June, 2019: Paper presentation on the Dangers of Domestic Violence which held at Living Faith Church, Abuja.
ON 2ND JULY, 2019: Sensitization and Advocacy outreach on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Vapp) Act to Government Secondary School, Tudun-Wada, Abuja, As Part Of Oxfam Project Activities.
ON 11TH JULY, 2019: Sensitization and Advocacy outreach on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Vapp) Act to Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, As Part Of Oxfam Project Activities.
ON 8TH, JULY 2019: Sensitization and Advocacy Outreach on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Vapp) Act to Government Secondary School, Karu, Abuja As Part Of Oxfam Project Activities.
On 11TH JULY, 2019: Sensitization and Advocacy Outreach on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Vapp) Act to Fouad Labididi, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, As Part Of Oxfam Project Activities.
Media Presentation by The Chairperson FIDA Abuja At Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) On The Menace Of Rape
Inauguration of the FCT GBV Monitoring & Evaluation Committee
The Chairperson Abuja branch, Chibuzo Nwosu, and Program Officer, Chioma Okoye - Chukwuma honored an invitation by the Foundation for Resilient Empowerment...Read More
FIDA Re-affirms Mandate at the Suleja Custodial Centre
On the 18th of April 2023, the branch led by the Chairperson, Chibuzo M. Nwosu visited female inmates of the Suleja Custodial Centre, Niger State. The...Read More
Capacity Enhancement Training For Legal Officers Of The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Abuja
On the 27th of September FIDA Abuja graced the opening ceremony of the Training Program for Legal Officers of the National Youth Service Corps with the...Read More
FIDA Abuja Outreach To Jahi 1 Community
FIDA Abuja branch led by the Chairperson, Miss Chibuzo M. Nwosu, on the 8th of September 2022, carried out an outreach to the community of Jahi....Read More
FIDA Nigeria Bi-Annual Coordination Meeting
On the 16th of August 2022, Palladium in collaboration with FIDA Nigeria as one of its resource partners held its 2nd Bi-Annual Coordination meeting with...Read More
Coordination Meeting For Community Paralegals and Service Providers
FIDA Nigeria as part of activities under the Action Aid WVL Project (Year 4) held a coordination meeting for community paralegals and service providers on...Read More
Community Outreach to Mabushi Comunity
FIDA Abuja on Saturday the 16th of July 2022, went on an outreach to the community of MABUSHI, at the Chief's Palace in the person of Alhaji Aminu Akuyi...Read More
FIDA Abuja Celebrates Children’s Day 2022
FIDA Nigeria, Abuja branch on the 26th of May 2022 in a delegation led by the Chairperson Miss Chibuzo M. Nwosu, went on an Advocacy visit to Life Gate...Read More
FIDA Nigeria Conducted a 3-Day Continuous Voters Registration Sensitization Across 3 Area Councils of the FCT
As part of activities under the We-YOU Pro project, FIDA Nigeria on 26th May 2022, concluded a three-day sensitization campaign conducted in six...Read More
FIDA Abuja Advocacy Outreach
On the 2nd of May 2022, FIDA Abuja branch ably led by the Chairperson Ms. Chibuzo M. Nwosu, successfully carried out an advocacy outreach at the Chief of...Read More
FIDA Conducts a One-day Workshop on the ACJA and other Anti- Corruption legislative frameworks in Nigeria
On Thursday, 7th of April 2022, FIDA Nigeria, Abuja branch carried out a one-day workshop on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and other...Read More
FIDA Nigeria Leadership Training Northern Zone
FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch successfully hosted the Executive Committee of 19 Branches in the Northern region in a 2-day Intensive Leadership Training held...Read More