Empowering women in Nigeria

Boyowa Roberts, our Gender Focal Coordinator at Oxfam in Nigeria, sent us this story last week.

In Nigeria, we work with the public and private sectors and with civil society, to empower women and help them to claim their rights.

Oxfam Female Food Hero receives Award for Excellence

On May 9th, Oxfam’s first Female Food Hero Winner, Susan Godwin, was presented with the Montage Africa Women of Excellence Award (MAWEA) for her exceptional contribution to developing agriculture enterprises and livelihoods of women small scale farmers in her local community in Lafia - Nassarawa State in Nigeria.


The MAWEA award is designed to celebrate and recognize a select group of special Nigerian women for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to society. It’s an award celebration that cuts across age, ethnic background, religion and political inclination.

Following a series of nominations sent in from the public, over 20 women in different sectors were honored for their role in creating social and economic change, increasing tolerance and equality for all, and building a better society for our growing population. Also in attendance was the First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency Dr. Patience Dame Jonathan who received a global excellence award in Women Empowerment and Child Care.

Unilever partners with Oxfam to support women's livelihoods

As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, Unilever Nigeria organized a fundraising event to support the empowerment and livelihood of women at the International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Lagos.

The events profits were matched by the management of Unilever Nigeria Plc and donated to Oxfam in Nigeria.

Unilever Global Foundation Ambassador Mrs. Jade Aladewolu who facilitated the sales added at a town hall meeting that 2013 marked the second year since the commemoration of the International Women’s Day which so far has promoted diversity, inclusion and gender sensitivity within the organization. In her concluding statement, she said she hopes to mobilize more colleagues as champions to actively promote gender issues in development.

Female leadership campaign

We are working on scaling up the annual Female Food Hero Award to be driven by the Ministry at a federal level, and Oxfam will be holding a consultative meeting with stakeholders to launch a female leadership campaign to get affirmative action on women political participation.

We are also working closely with the Legislative Coalition on Violence Against Women coalition to get the Violence Against Persons Prohibition bill passed by the Senate House of Assembly, while awaiting the presidential ascent.

Published 1 July 2013.

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