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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KIND/YV4C Ambassador participates in the Governorship Aspirant Q&A Pally

With the elections really heating up, the need to create an interactive process between the aspirants and the voting populace has birthed continuous and consistent public fora and interviews on various platforms, including the social media.

Most recently, our Purple Brand Ambassador of the Young Voices for Change “Safe Spaces” Programme from the Lagos State Polytechnic, Mr Godwin Edigie, was a member of the young panel that interviewed the governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, over the Google Hangout platform.

His key questions on Education and Agriculture within the state, indicated his understanding of important issues that affects that youth, of which the governorship aspirant needed to elaborate his agenda for those sectors. KIND is glad to have an alumnus of one of her training actively involved in the electioneering process for the good of the youths in the state.

Click to view interview…Jimi Agbaje 2015 Campaign Google+ Hangout

The Supreme Price screens at LABAF

IMG_20141116_171656_746The Supreme Price was again screened at the just concluded 16th Lagos Book and Art Festival on the 16th of November, 2014. The Supreme Price which is a feature length film by Joanna Lipper, traces the struggle of the late Kudirat Abiola to challenge the impunity of the military regime; ostensibly spotlighting the activities of the pro-democracy movement of the time.

discussThe Lagos Book and Art Festival which is a yearly event is designed to promote the development of the literary arts, had The Supreme Price as its only screen event this year. The screening of The Supreme Price had an attendance of over 100 art enthusiasts, comprising both the young and old from various works of life. After the screening, there was a panel discussion on the issues surrounding the pro-democracy movement and the importance of documenting Nigeria’s history. Among the panelist were Mr. Femi Odugbemi, a filmmaker; Mrs. Joke Silva, veteran Actress; Tosin Otudeko, Art Manager; Ed Keazor, a Lawyer and Historian; and the panel was anchored by Tosin Fajj.

Other personalities at the event include Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, foremost Civil Right activist during the pro-democracy movement; Mr. Makin Soyinka; and many others.