Articles Tagged ‘women empowerment - HACEY Health Initiative’


Women (most especially young girls) are mostly disadvantaged when it comes to sexual and reproductive health outcomes, this is made worse when they have no education and/or no independent source of income as they come to the ‘negotiation table’ with no refusal/assertive skills as well as no form of preparedness for the outcome that follows their action or decision. A true life story narrated below helps to put this into perspective.

Because I am a Woman

Wale is a young guy, enterprising, hardworking and single. He goes house hunting and met with the Landlord, paperwork is done and he gets the apartment.

I am a young woman, enterprising, hardworking and single. I went house hunting and met with the Landlord, he denies me of getting the apartment because I am a single woman.

Code4Impact Program

Code4Impact (C4i) is a hands-on learning program building digital literacy skills, especially coding and analytical skills in young girls and young women. The C4i program encourages, trains and mentors young girls in secondary schools (aged 10-17) and young women in tertiary institutions (aged 18-25) to choose STEM careers. The main objectives of the of the project are:

  • To build the capacity of 2,000 young women age 18-25 in 4 technology tracks, web application development, mobile application development, microelectronics and game development over a period of 5 years.
  • To support 2,000 Young women to use skills gained to develop SDGs-focused solutions
  • To train 5,000 young girls age 10-17 on basic digital and coding skills
  • To increase female involvement in technology in Nigeria by mentoring young girls in secondary school to pursue careers in STEM

A core component of the C4i Program is the C4i Bootcamp.

The C4i Bootcamp

The C4i Bootcamp is a 12-week training camp at the end of which participants develop community-impact solution addressing the global goals. The key components of the C4i boot camp are:

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy: Through community awareness, the C4i bootcamp engages communities to foster ownership of projects and ensure sustainability of projects. Key stakeholders such as partners, community influencers and key state actors are actively engaged in the design and implementation of projects. Social and traditional media houses and personalities are also engaged to promote key messages to a wider target audience.
  • Selection of Bootcamp Beneficiaries: applications for the C4i Bootcamp are web-based and are opened for about a month. Interested participants are requested to write essays which are scored and ranked and the highest ranking applications are shortlisted for interviews. After the interviews, participants are selected for the training.
  • C4i Launch and Pre-Training Conference: The Pre-Training Press Conference is designed to foster investment in increasing participation of more women in technology. Beneficiaries, partners and mentors and other invited guests are provided an opportunity to network. The C4i beneficiaries also receive study materials to prepare them for the training.
  • Training program: beneficiaries are intensively trained on the four technology tracks in the objectives over a 12-week period.
  • Hackathon: At the end of the training period, a 24-hour hackathon is held for the completion of the projects. The facilitators and trainers provide guidance and assistance to the 10 groups on their SDG focused solutions.

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Gender Equality is a Win for All

In almost every society of the world, gender inequality at various levels prevents women and girls from reaching their full potential. This is not only hinders the development of women and girls, it also prevents societies, especially in the developing world from reaching their full potential. 

Investing in Girls Makes Perfect Sense!

As the World marks another Day of the Girl Child, millions of women and girls are still denied access to education, economic opportunities  and basic health care services and struggle with exploitation, discrimination, violence Blessing Ekowho takes a look at why it makes perfect sense to invest in the girl child.

Report Of HACEY’S UNWOMEN CSW60 Session In New York

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, HACEY Health Initiative, a Lagos based development organization with the vision of promoting a sustainable society, hosted a parallel event during the just concluded UN Women 60th session on the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The session which was titled “Leveraging on Innovation and Cross-Sector Collaboration to End Violence Against Women and Girls: Impact, Strategies and Opportunities” brought together 5 speakers and about 47 participants from around the world to discuss issues around Violence against Women and Girls from the Research, Policies and Programs perspectives in a panel discussion that lasted about 100mins. The moderator of the session, Mr. Paul Ojajuni, the Director of Research, HACEY Health Initiative hosted the panel discussion and engaged the speakers and participants in a knowledge sharing discussion. The speakers he hosted are: Rebecca Gordon, Together for Girls; jerker Edstrom, Institute of Development Studies, UK; Olusola Owonikoko, Mandela Washington Fellow/Project Enable; Elizabeth Okomu, Women Deliver Young Leader; and Isaiah Owolabi, HACEY Health Initiative.


‘Empowering women is empowering the nation’ 

HACEY works with rural women in Nigeria empowering and supporting them to live healthy and productive live. Empowerment for women creates a multiplier effect in their lives and that of their children as they are the major caregivers in the family setting. Therefore, teaching women basic health knowledge will in fact improve the health of the family and community.
In training women to give them financial empowerment, previously HACEY partnered with the National Directorate of Employment in Zamfara state to train 50 women on how to make money from Interior decoration, and how to manage their business to ensure profit. After the training, the women were given money to start their own small scale business and monitored to ensure they had all the help and advice they needed. At present, some of these women have apprentices under them who they in turn train increasing the number of empowered women in Zamfara state. 
Integrated into the entrepreneurship training is health education – informing the women about healthy attitudes that will prevent avoidable illness and deaths for them and their children. They were taught how to recognise signs of illnesses and the steps to take in treating such. HACEY also held Health education programmes for women at Ilupeju - Ibafo community in Ogun state. SMS which teaches women about hygiene were sent to the phones of women in the community to provide information on how they can stay healthy.