Empowered women build nations! We continue to empower women in whose hands lie the future of our universe. Women have always been at the forefront of finding solutions in crises situations and development, yet, they are less celebrated. Our empowerment programs includes trainings for women and girls in all settings, rural, urban women, survivors of sexual assaults, trafficking, gender based violence, war survivors, women and girls taking refuge in internally displaced persons camps(IDP’s), to claim women’s rights and realize their full potentials. Making a reality, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals “to leave no woman behind”.
Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Education & Services
In countries with restrictive laws, right based, gender focused sexuality education is hindered from reaching targeted populations for the benefit of adolescent girls and women, especially in low income, undeveloped communities, leading to high rate of injuries and mortality among women and girls. Negative religious and cultural believes, and practices discourages family and community support for women and girls regarding their fundamental right to access useful SRHR education and services in countries inside Africa.
Our innovations acknowledges economic liberation and reproductive justice as empowerment for girls and women, enabling them with the right training and resources to make bold informed decisions concerning their sexual reproductive health , to mitigate health risk and mortality. We mobilize women organizations at community level to ensure that public health education messages on risk and prevention are reaching all women and girls to promote their rights to bodily autonomy.
Advocacy And Sensitization
Advocating and sensitizing communities to achieve social and policy changes through information dissemination. Empowering women and girls, eradicating stigma and discriminations on women and girl’s rights.
Gender Equality, Poverty Elimination And Economic Justice
Solidarity means collectively opposing gender based exploitations in all form, to ensure adequate standard of living, a life free of violence and harmful practices for girls and women, their rights to equal opportunities, equal wage, inheritance, land and property ownership as well as their access to productive assets, food security and nutrition, decent work, education and health, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights. . The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186, solidarity means bridging gender and economic divide. Economic abuse is largely overlooked in the dialogue about domestic violence and oppression of women. According to the center for disease control, one in four women in the United States experience physical violence by an inmate partner in their lifetime, this may be higher in developing countries.
The national average of women’s political participation in Nigeria has remained 6.7 percent in elective and appointive positions, which is far below the Global Average of 22.5 percent, Africa Regional Average of 23.4 percent and West African Sub Regional Average of 15 percent. Nigeria is yet to produce a female Governor in any of the 36 states of the Federation. (Nigeria National Bureau of Statistics – Monitoring participation of women in politics in Nigeria, 2016).
IRISE focuses on strengthening leadership and meaningful participation of girls and women in decision-making process, to reclaim their rights, improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.
Women in Africa are affected by climate change as farmers record low agriculture productivity. Women are in charge of distribution of agriculture supply, making sure products get to households at considerate prices, they deal with the impact of climate change in their daily lives, market women are constantly worried about underdeveloped transport networks and flooding that continuously affect the price of commodities, women struggle to sustain families amidst hardship, hunger and poverty. We have been able to figure out where Feminism intersects with other forms of exploitations, which include climate change and environmental degradation, exploitation of native and indigenous women and land for resources, and so on. Under the Montreal protocol in 1987, all United Nations recognized countries agreed to ban the use of Methyl Bromide and other gasses that are
hazardous to humans and the environment. Methyl Bromide is a colorless, odorless chemical that depletes the ozone layer, short term inhalation of this chemical cause’s severe damage to the lungs , often women are exposed to such chemicals as they leave their homes to work for livelihoods , we continue to call on authorities responsible for regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, devices, chemicals to disallow the importation of these chemical into Nigeria and other parts of the world, demanding the protection of the earth from chemicals that destroys the ozone layer which act as filter to the Sun, for the protection of lives , for environmental justice. We are still leading to see this change achieved and making this information available to the public.Our programs on Environment highlight how exploitation of women’s bodies are connected to land grab, and exploitation of the earth and it’s resources, to make known the important roles that women play in the sustainance of our environment .
Women In War Crisis
Women and children are most affected by crises and wars. Our work highlights women and children’s insecurity and abuse in Northern Nigeria. Over 8000 internally displaced persons camps(IDP’s) exist in Northern Nigeria, women and children continually witness and experience gruesome murders ,rape, kidnappings, assaults and displacements.Survivors need Listening support, economic and SRHR empowerment .
Listening support , story telling,counseling and referral.
Our Supportive listening program encourages story telling in ways that lead to healing. This program has been supported by The International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Stigma and Discrimination. We also provide free counseling, medical and legal referral services to mitigate risks , and protect girls and women from Gender based violence. This process supports open conversations around Stigma relating to abortion, sexual rights , reproductive health and bodily autonomy.
Listening to end abortion stigma.
This program improve the understanding of Stigma related to abortion through listening , the hurt that emanate from stigmatizing women and girls for their choices , and the discrimination and shaming of women and girls for their rights to bodily autonomy. Advocates for community , Family support for women and girls in regards to their reproductive health and deals with negative religion and cultural myths that discriminate and enslave girls and women.