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My internet access success story

In my First year in the University in 2005, spurred by the scourge of rape and domestic violence in my community, I started an initiative on awareness and sensitization on violence against women, and counselling sessions during my free time for women and Children who have been abused. I called it- Initiative for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (IEVAWC), and I began to attract support by having a one on one discussion with my peers on the subject matter, from there I developed a questionnaire and I distributed to students of various departments/ Faculties on campus, from their responses I was able to get volunteers who joined me in the campaign. We then started to share ideas together, and making small financial contributions, we began to find methods/ strategies in which to sustain the Initiative so as completely eliminate the ugly menace called gender violence in our schools and transcend into the community, thereby contributing our quota towards nation building. And in 2008 we were able to get it registered with the government so that we can operate legally in our communities. So for about seven years now I have been involved in awareness, sensitization and counseling program for women and Children. Initiative for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (IEVAWC), is duly registered with the CAC-Federal Republic of Nigeria, CAC/ IT/ NO. 28734 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is committed to preventing, eliminating, and providing lasting solutions to gender violence such as wife-battering, rape and child sexual abuse in the society, so as to create an enabling environment towards nation building. The Motivation is still traceable back to my childhood years, my love for the less-privileged, battered women, raped victims, molested children, and my burning desire to mitigate their sufferings. My team and I were doing all the awareness seminars by going from schools to schools and communities to communities, market places, teaching women and children and the men too, the effects of gender violence on them and the society at large. We were recording successes and were happy that at least somehow, we were transforming our community in our little way that we can. Even though we recorded some success, it was quite stressful for us having to find time to come together to plan our programs and how to go about it. We had no idea how to work online because when it comes to the internet and social engagement, we felt communicating with friends and family through e-mail was all. It was in my quest to find something more, something more engaging to do online and I stumble across world pulse. When I came across world pulse I then learnt about online community, I was so excited because I found a platform where I could share my passion and link with others whom we share same vision and I also started to learn about other women’s work. Being in world pulse felt like being in a family, networking and connecting with different women from across the world. Honestly, my joining world pulse brought a tremendous transformation in my NGO. Engaging in world pulse have greatly helped shaped my ideas, gave me great insights. Today, most of our enlightenment campaigns, meetings, announcements, invitation to events and discussions are being done online, in our Facebook fan page we have over 400 likes already in less than a year of coming online, and we receive messages from different people all over the world contributing to our work and encouraging us and some seeking to partner with us. Working online helped lessen the stress of having to worry about how to reach out to the general populace; we in IEVAWC are so excited about the world pulse WWW campaign because we know that the benefits of online participation cannot be over emphasized, especially to and for women.

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Comments

kellyannaustin's picture

community

Nabiye,

What an inspiring story! I'm so glad you've found a community at World Pulse to support you in your efforts. We all need the help of one another. No one can do it alone!

Thank you for sharing,

Kelly

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank You

Dear Kelly,
I agree with you, we all need one another. No one can do this alone. I am glad to meet great people like you too. Thanks alot to World Pulse for bringing us all together. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

amymorros's picture

Benefits of Online Participation

Thank you for sharing how your campaign got started and how it is working now. Congratulations and please keep up the good work. I am so glad that World Pulse could play an important role in your activism.

Amy
@amyinstl

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank you

Dear Amy,
Thank you so much for encouraging me. I really appreciate. Yes, i am so grateful to World Pulse for impacting me and my work. I feel happy too meeting you here. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Tam's picture

Giant Steps

Dear Nabiye,

How beautiful that you share the burning desire that you have had since childhood to do something against violence against women and children. The story you have written here shows such a powerful pathway to creating a movement, a pathway that has been painful, but overflowing with your strength and determination.
Your path shows us how simple acts like developing a questionnaire can lead to participating with you, and how daring to form an officially recognized NGO has embedded the movement to stop violence on an official level, for your entire country. What a celebration that the winds of World Pulse are also now carrying your message, and letting us all know that you are there, allowing us to meet you and to be inspired by your actions.

With Love, In Sisterhood,

Tam

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank You

Dear Tam,
Thank you so very much for your encouraging words. I feel inspired to do more. Thanks to World Pulse for bringing us all together. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Julia O'Byrne's picture

Fabulous post!

Hi Nabiye!
I loved your previous post on the challenges Nigerian women face in getting online and I loved this one too. First, I am so impressed and think it's so cool that you started IEVAWC in your first year of university. That's really awesome! IEVAWC sounds like an incredible organization and a much needed one. Second, it was great to read about how the internet and World Pulse have helped your organization. I completely agree that reading posts from other women and sharing ideas and strategies can provide lots of insights. It has definitely done that for me - yours being one of them!
I attended law school at McGill University in Montreal and two other women and I ran a student led seminar on sexual assault law. We also formed a club dedicated to bringing prominent women leaders (either academics or heads of organizations similar to yours) to our campus to discuss issues relating to women and criminal law. So issues surrounding violence against women and girls (both wife battering and sexual violence) are issues close to my heart and issues that I also want to work towards stopping. We also found that publicizing our events on Facebook and on our school's website helped increase awareness. It's cool and nice to know that women in a university in Nigeria are also working towards similar goals about eliminating violence against women and girls and looking at the root causes :)
I am excited to read further posts from you and I wish you all the best,
Julia

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank you!!!

Dear Julia,
Thank you so much Julia, thanks for your encouragement, i feel encouraged that you and some other women have this passion also. I send you all plenty hugs from here. I am so happy to connect with you and looking forward to read your stories and to learn from your experiences. Thanks a million :)

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Dear Nabiye,

Thank you for sharing your story about your work in founding IEVAWC to educate and protect women and children from violence. Such a clearly written story about the progression from talking with friends and colleagues all the way to online organizing. I am so glad you have found help and support from World Pulse.

Thank you for your work and dedication.

In hope and peace,
Ann Fishburn

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank you!

Dear Ann,
Thank you so very much, i am glad i am fulfilling my passion, i am so happy to see my dream coming true. I have a dream to see a world where women and children are free from violence and abuse, a world where women and children are free to express themselves and be happy they did! Its nice meeting you.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank you!

Dear Ann,
Thank you so very much, i am glad i am fulfilling my passion, i am so happy to see my dream coming true. I have a dream to see a world where women and children are free from violence and abuse, a world where women and children are free to express themselves and be happy they did! Its nice meeting you.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Kit's picture

Wonderful!

Dear Nabiye,

This post made me smile. I am so happy for you, for the incredibly important work you are doing and for the role that World Pulse has played in easing some of your stress and helping you to connect with others. We need to stop violence against all who are less powerful, and maybe someday, this will also mean other species.

I sign off with a happy heart for you and for all the women and children you have helped and will help in the future.
Blessings to you!
Kit

Nabiye Tal's picture

Smiles

Dear Kit,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am happy to hear you smiled reading my story. Thanks for that. You've made me smile too :) cheers.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

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