You are here:

FCDO in Nigeria

Our new UK aid-funded project has begun

Working with the UK Government to empower women survivors of war in Nigeria

Women for Women International UK is delighted to announce the launch of a transformative new project funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (now known as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as of 2 September 2020).

Starting in October 2019, we began implementing life-changing programmes in Nigeria which will support thousands of marginalised women to rebuild their lives and move out of isolation and poverty.

Nanchin Bentu-Nigeria-Monilekan.jpg
Nanchin and her friend Micah joined the Women for Women International programme together in 2017 and chose poultry-keeping as their vocational skills. Photo: Monilekan

We have been friends since school, and we like working together so decided to invest in a joint business. We bought 100 chicks, and we look after them together.

Nanchin, Women for Women International - Nigeria Programme Graduate

Transforming lives and communities in Nigeria

With support from UK aid from the UK government, we are bringing together 3,600 women displaced by violence and conflict with women from host communities in Bauchi state, to learn about their rights, health, and wellbeing and develop vocational and business skills to improve their livelihoods and increase leadership roles.

They will go through our 12-month social and economic empowerment programme, where women form incredibly strong bonds of friendship and support that are crucial for their empowerment and influence within their communities.

We are also working with 3,720 men to create sustainable enabling environments for women to exercise their rights and be active participants in their communities; and training women graduates of the 12-month programme in advocacy to become Change Agents.

During this project we are assessing how we work with the most vulnerable women, specifically women with disabilities. Women for Women International looks forward to improving our ability to serve the most marginalised of women and thanks to the support of UK aid from the British people, we can develop a programme that is more inclusive and tailored to the needs of disabled women in Nigeria.

Women celebrating graduation-Nigeria-Sefa Nkansa
With funding from UK aid from the British people, we are bringing together 3,600 women displaced by violence and conflict with women from host communities in Bauchi state, to learn about their rights, health, and wellbeing. Photo: Sefa Nkansa

This project was funded with UK aid from the UK government.

  • UK-Aid-logo-v2

Previous projects funded by UK aid

Between 2013 and 2016, we were able to empower 10,500 of the most marginalised women in DRC and Nigeria, thanks to the support of UK aid from the UK government.

Continue reading

Delivery Partners

Learn more about our other funders providing long-term funding and helping us serve more women survivors of war.

The Global Goals

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are concerned that marginalised women survivors of conflict are being failed by the Goals and are continuing to be left behind.

What does peace mean to you?

For women survivors of war, peace is not just an aspirational ideal, but a series of urgent, practical goals that they are working hard to make a reality.

blog