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WOMEN INSPIRATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER TO ESTABLISH VOCATIONAL VIOLENCE FREE GIRLS CLUBS (VVIFREG) IN NIGERIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Women Inspiration Development Center (WIDC) is planning to establish “Vocational and Violence Free Girls” (VVIFREG) in Nigerian Secondary Schools to mark 2013 International Women Day.
The rise in domestic and sexual violence cases in Nigeria has laid open the practice of discrimination against female gender as a tradition. Women and girls are vulnerable to violence, discrimination and silence as a result of strong patriarchal traditions, lack of confidence, poor knowledge and awareness. But it has also been observed that educationally and economically empowered women are better able to tackle violence and they are also able to lead others out of traumatic problems.
A few case studies on this issue have shown how entrepreneurial women have fought back against violence and have established themselves as independent leaders in their community. Based on these facts it is proposed by Women Inspiration Development center to catch Nigerian girls young, encourage them to receive good education and empowerment with livelihood skills so that they are able to confidently fight back against domestic and sexual violence.
This innovation is necessary and important at this time. It is observed that out of every 10 girls that came out of Nigerian public secondary school, only about 2 are able to further their education to higher institutions. The remaining 8 would be roaming about in the street jobless and idle. As a result of this they are exposed to early marriage, sexual abuse, sexual exploitations, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS. This is making the gender equality becoming more and more difficult in Nigeria.
The vision is to have these clubs in all the secondary schools in Nigeria especially in the public schools where we have the poor and underprivileged girls. We will be organizing empowerment workshops, vocational trainings and internet access trainings for the clubs. These will give the girls at their initial stage in live to be economically, psychologically and emotionally empowered. They will also have the opportunity to be connected to the outside world through internet which will open numerous doors of opportunities to them.
We are therefore calling on Interested Volunteers all over Nigeria who can be our representatives in supervising and monitoring the clubs in the secondary schools in their states, cities, towns and villages. You can contact us at womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com.
Female individuals and organizations all over the world who are interested in the empowerment of rural and underprivileged girls, this is a unique opportunity to realize your dream. Your role is to guide, help and encourage these girls in becoming somebody in life so that they will be free of violence and oppression. You can be contacting your club through emails, speaking to them on phone, open a page for your club on Facebook where you can be communicating with them and you can visit your club in Nigeria if the means is available. Interested mentors and advisers all over the world should also contact us at womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com

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mrbeckbeck's picture

How did it go?

How was the kick-off of your campaign? This is such a necessary program I wish you all the success you can dream of. So many girls in Nigeria will benefit...I am eager to see the next wave of empowered leaders like you!

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

busayo's picture

Bit by Bit

Thanks Scott, the program is taken off bit by bit, I am yet to get the fund for the total taken-off but I know we will get there.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi

Hi Busayo,

Great awareness article. What I like most is that you are taking action. When you say you have yet to rais the fund, what is the amount of the fund you need.

Love and ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

busayo's picture

Thanks wendy!

Thanks Wendy for your interest in this initiative, we need about $4000 to take off and because along the line we will be making things that we will be marketing, the money we will be making, we will continue to invest in the initiative

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Wendyiscalm's picture

From my work in Zambia

I wanted to comment on your comment about the statistics of how few go on to education (girls I mean). I have run into that problem in Zambia. It is a multilayered problem in Livingstone Zambia. First, many do not go to school at all. Then if in Grade 7 I come along to sponsor them, they do not have the skills, habits etc to keep up.

The ones who make it to grade 8 or grade 10 usually cannot find sponsors (I am talking vulnerable poor children.

Then I have noticed that past this point some that I started with get married because they did not have high enough grades for me to get them into grade 8 or the next level grade 10. I am almost beginning to think that the reason some girls in these developing countries get married is because literally they have nothing else to do. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS? I have just come to this discovery after on 7 years working in Africa. So, I really am interested in Afrikaners knowledgable experienced opinions.

Look forward to hearing from you about this Busayu

Ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

busayo's picture

Your discovery is very correct!

Dear Wendy,
I am so glad you have interest in African children education. Like you have said what makes the girls goes into marriage very early is that when they are drop out of school, no money to start a business and nothing to do, the next thing is for somebody looking for a slave rather than a wife to propose marriage to them and since they having nothing else to do they also agreed. The family will so happy because that mouth will be out of their responsibility. A lot of these girls after some years become frustrated with the treatment of the so called husband and the fact that they are fully dependent on him. This is the reason why I am starting the club in the schools so that by the girls comes out, those that are not able to proceed to the university or other higher institutions will be engaged in vocational training, after graduating, they will be established to start their own small business that we will continue to monitor. This will keep them busy instead of going into early marriage or early motherhood without husband. It is a very pathetic situation

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Hi Busayo,

Your comments are of interest. I have an NGO in Livingstone Zambia and work with vulnerable children and street orphans. I have one in University of Zambia now for math and Economics, Another will become a college professor and he can. BUT whether it is girls or boys there are SO many problems as you know. Especially with girls. So, I am glad to read your sensitivity to the problem and to see that you are actually ACTIVELY DOING A SPECIFIC THING to evoke change. I am so excited by who you are and the way you are approaching this multi-layered problem.

I have spent time also, changing the thoughts that girls have in their heads that they don't even know they have which are holding them back and attracting the wrong people and wrong circumstances.

I thought Kamizi was dumb and deaf when I took her on in 7th grade. She never spoke or smiled. Never. Then after a few months with me she was singing like a bird and I could not keep her voice quiet. I brought her daily to my very nice hotel (I am there 6 times a year or every 2 months). One time I brought a new beautiful long colorful dress gown with me. I bought a beautiful purple satin purse to go with it and bought her shoes. After her shower, I said we are going down to the lobby of this 5 star hotel and we are going to walk around. In your head, I want you to tell yourself "I am beautiful. I deserve this." Say it over and over. She did. She could not smile. She was in shock. To look like this, to act like this. To have everyone look at her and talk to her about how beautiful she looked. I will never forget the moment. No matter what happens, she will always have that feeling saved somewhere in her cells, in her mind, in her DNA. My girls come in with no self-esteem or confidence. But through specific teaching and examples, their just following me around to see how I act, in a few months, the difference has been commented on by the hotel staff and school teachers who are always trying to get me to sponsor someone. But I don't sponsor everyone. They have to have a certain something that I have an instinct in knowing. I am not meaning to go on and on about me when this is about what you are doing. But I thought you would really understand and appreciate this story.

I love what you are doing. PLEASE keep writing me about it all and if I can answer any questions I will. I am excellent at reaching people who are in a one down position or who no one believes can change. That is my God given talent. I am creative at coming up with ideas that work for populations others can't get through to .

You are wonderful. You are necessary. You matter. I know I do not have to encourage you or say keep it up because I know you will.

With love, respect and Ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

busayo's picture

Thanks for your encouragement!

Thanks for your encouragement Wendy, I really need it. Who knows you may decide to come visiting us in Nigeria and meet with our girls. The level of poverty in Africa have robbed many African children of their self confidence. Thank you so much for what you are doing in Zambia, you are doing what is the heart beat of God.
It is my pleasure meeting and discussing with you here.

Warmest Regards and HUGS
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Hi Busayo,

Y HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND and I want to write you when I have more time about all this as I have some ideas having worked for several years in Livingstone Zambia. There is SO much that can help make this successful or not.

Also, for the funds . there is a FREE site that lots of people get lots of money and you were perfect for this. For now just check out indiegogo.com. I could help you with this and you can even use me for the USA person doing it. But we need to talk. I have so much to say after my 4 year study about why nothing works long term in Africa. But I have a different vision and you are a different person. I would LOVE to come to see you and the girls. Don't rule it out. I need to know you a little better and your mission and approach. But I am one of those people who DO what they say they want to do. For example, I live in Chicago BUT I am going to Maldives for a wedding Dec 20 as a WP friend from there has a daughter getting married. Then I will stay with her for about 10 days, then I am surprising another WP friend by going to Chennai India since it isn't too far by plane. SO, I am a different type of person.

I feel I can help you make a difference if we keep in touch.

Love and Ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

busayo's picture

Wao!! I am so glad

I am so glad that we have connected. It will be my pleasure to have you in Nigeria and to colaborate with you working with the girls. let me know whatever you want to know about me and I will gladly give you the information. I have met with Jensine, Jade and some other worldpulse team in person when I came for my Empowerment Training In New York. I am also still very much connected with the David Gershon and Gail Straub , the founders of Empowerment Institute where I did the Empowerment Training. I even went to Liberia late last year to represent them on a program they want to start in Liberia with other Organizations also from USA. Thank you so much Wendy for your interest in my work with the Nigeria Girls. You made my day!! I will very much like us to keep in touch. My email address is busobisaki@yahoo.com, my skype account is: busayoob.
Thank you so much

With Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

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