Articles Tagged ‘women empowerment - Hacey’

ADVANCING WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES AND PRODUCTIVITY IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

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.

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 aims to encourage, train and mentor young girls in secondary schools (aged 10-17) and young women in tertiary institutions (aged 18-25) to choose STEM careers. An important component of the C4i program is the C4i Training Program.

The C4i Training Program is a 12-week training camp at the end of which participants develop community-impact solution addressing the global goals. Currently, the young women are trained along 4 technology tracks. These are:

  • Web application development
  • Mobile application development
  • Microelectronics and
  • Game development

Since inception, the C4i program has directly trained over 300 young women in tertiary institutions on digital and life skills while mentoring over 3,000 young girls in secondary school to pursue careers in STEM.

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.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

‘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.