Women care for 3 children on average
Average daily income is $0.42 at enrollment
34% have no formal education
With limited access to health services and education, patriarchal norms, and mounting violence, Nigerian women struggle to gain economic opportunities and equality. Common discriminatory practices, amplified by extremist groups, subject women and girls to dangers, including forced early marriage and the possibility they will face violence for going to school.
Yet women like Zainab have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – Nigeria team provides our yearlong training program for women, as well as programs to engage men.
Since 2000, Women for Women International – Nigeria has served nearly 54,000 women through our yearlong program in Enugu and Plateau states.
After graduating from our program, women report positive changes in four key areas:
Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $2.18 per day at graduation, compared to $0.42 at enrollment.
Women develop health and well-being: More than 60 percent of participants report practicing family planning at graduation, compared to less than 22 percent at enrollment.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: More than 98 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 88 percent at enrollment.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 77 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to 5 percent at enrollment.
Engaging Men Changes Attitudes
Women’s empowerment requires widespread social change that involves both men and women. The Women for Women International – Nigeria team has successfully developed programming to engage men as allies in women’s empowerment.
The targeted outreach covers numerous issues, such as helping men understand Nigerian laws that criminalize treating widows like property. The illegal practice of transfering widows among family is a pervasive tradition in some communities. Trainers work to share information with men about the protection afforded women under the rule of law, as well as women's right to property ownership and the right to refuse practices such as female genital mutilation. More than 1,600 men have participated in the men’s engagement program to date.