KIND Youth beneficiaries march with WARDC and Purple Nigeria on IWD 2017

Beneficiaries of KIND leadership programmes in universities and polytechnics around Lagos joined Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Purple Nigeria on a road walk for the International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017.

They marched from Ikeja Under Bridge to Lagos State Government House to discuss issues of concern affecting women in the state in commemoration of International Women’s Day but were disappointed when Governor Akinwumi Ambode did not meet with them.

March 8 of every year was set aside by the United Nations (UN) as international women’s day, to celebrate achievements of women all over the world. It is also a day to draw global attention to issue of rights of women.
At Alausa, the seat of power in Lagos, the women were stopped at the gate leading to the governor’s office by security operatives and, after waiting for an hour, marched to the House of Assembly to see Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.
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KIND meets with UN women and Japanese Embassy

In furtherance of plans to to empower women farmers in Ogun state in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria. KIND received an assessment visit in the Lagos office from the embassy.

The aim of the initiative is to assist the farmers at the grassroots level with processing cassava into the finished product – Garri in this case.

Below are some pictures from the visit:

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The KIND office in Lagos also received a visit from representatives of the UN women in Nigeria.

KIND partners with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria to achieve SDGs

The Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria is set to empower women farmers in Ogun state.

The aim of the initiative is to assist the farmers at the grassroots level with processing cassava into the finished product – Garri in this case.

This will improve production and in turn the overall standard of living of the farmers and their community in line with the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

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This initiative is in line with SDG goals.

  • No Poverty
  • No Hunger
  • Gender Equality
  • Good jobs and economic growth
  • Partnership for the goals

Below is a picture of KIND and Japan Embassy Staff visiting the Ayetoro farmers and carrying out studies for the Garri processing machine initiative:

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KIND and DFID support women in politics – KIND this week

This week in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID) South West Nigeria Regional office, we at KIND  hosted a conference on women’s participation in the upcoming local government elections in the South West region.

The program held on 11th and 12th of January 2017 at Ibis Hotel, 23 Toyin street, Ikeja.

DFID is a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid. The goal of the department is “to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty”.  In Nigeria, DFID funds many organisations who are working to end poverty through open competition.

Experts and gender development activists have continually advocated for the active participation of women in governance and other levels in the society. The aims of the conference and workshop included:

  1. To advocate and develop strategies that would work as sponsorship vehicles to ensure the target of greater participation of women in the coming local government elections.
  2. To engage with a wide range of political parties (multi-party system) towards a greater representation of women in every electoral process.
  3. Increase the tempo of mentoring for women politicians.
  4. Solicit support from other women’s groups, particularly women in business, towards a solid financial base for women politicians aspiring for elective positions.

Below are photos from the conference:

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An Evening with Hafsat Abiola

Tonight, there will be a gathering of friends to honour Hafsat Abiola on her work in advancing women’s rights in Nigeria, by 6:30 to 8:30pm (New York Time).

It’s an evening to learn her incredible story of overcoming adversity and using her experience and voice to champion change.

This session with friends will be held at 525 Broome Street #6 – (between Thompson and Sullivan), SoHo, NYC.download

Fostering an Improved Education Sector

IMG_20141104_172544_857Following the GPP Contract Signing between KIND and the Japanese Government for the construction of a Block of 6 Classrooms with 4 Toilets, Provision of 138 sets of desk and chairs for the students, and 7 tables and 8 chairs for the teachers, which was carried out at the Office of the Governor of Ogun State on the 4th of November 2014, work has already commenced at the site of the school.

The project which is coming as at a time when the world is reviewing the Millennium Development Goals, which includes access to education for all, is being carried out under the watch of the Office of the Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor on MDGs, the Imoro Community Residents Association and the school’s Parent-Teacher Association.

On completion, this project would help to reduce the overcrowding in the classes available now, which has become highly uncomfortable for learning as a result of heat and limited space. In the words of the Head Teacher, “we are glad that finally Imoro Community Nursery and Primary School has been remembered for a project such as this, and we are looking forward to the completion”. Imoro Community Nursery and Primary School is located at Igijo in Shagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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