In the last 8 years HACEY Health Initiative has implemented health, economic empowerment and human right program aimed at improving the health and productivity of women and girls in Africa. We have worked with the United States and Australian government in Nigeria to implement the following programs:
- Maternal and Child health programs for women in rural areas and urban slums.
- Girls sexual and reproductive health program across 15 states covering all 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
- Youth Square: National Advocacy program to engage women and girls in governance and policy especially on issues that affect them most. Economic empowerment and advocacy program for women and girls living with disabilities.
We have worked with Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Health, non profits (local and international), private sector organizations, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations , the media and celebrities to host National dialogues and side events at United Nations Commission on the Status of Women aimed at discussing opportunities to advance policy advocacy, innovative finance, cross sector and inter-generation collaboration so as to create a healthy, just and productive society for women in West Africa. Also we have worked with Restless development UK, National Youth Service Corps and country coordinators of our Hands Up For Her program across West African countries to organize capacity building, stakeholders and policy advocacy meetings engaging policy makers, program implementers, women groups and young champions discussing and promoting women and girls issues focused on Sustainable Development Goals, Beijing+20, ICPD+20, Rio+20, pre and post MDG.
HACEY was actively involved in advocacy that led to creation of the law that criminalize female genital mutilation in Nigeria, also we have been on the forefront on engaging policy makers and law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to implement laws and programs that will significantly contribute to the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Our staff consist of trained and experienced gender development, public health, finance, communication and advocacy expert who have managed projects funded by DFID, the United states government, Australian AID, National Directorate of Women Affairs and private sector organization. Our work has helped us received recognition such as the With and For Girls Award and also our staff have received the commonwealth award for excellence in development work and Queen Elizabeth II Award for Young Leaders, an award presented by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace.