Women rights in Nigeria

Eruwa, Oyo, Apomu, Ekiti, Abokuta, Dagilegbo in Nigeria

Project name
Advocacy training on women rights

Start date
October 2012

Project referent
Olayinka Adeleke

300 women


CHF 13 580

The Facts:
Nigerian women, especiallly in rural areas, are not aware of their rights. They are disciminated in all the spheres of the society (education, employment...)

The Action: FOH is supporting a local NGO that will give women rights training to 300 women in six villages.

The Impact: We expect women to be more aware of their rights. Their socio-economic capacities would be strenghtened. They would be able to play a bigger role in the society.


Make a donation for this project !

CHF 50 = Meals for 50 participants
CHF250 = Material costs
for the training in 6 locations



Being a woman in Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with a population of 158 million people. 60% of he population live under the poverty line. Petrol and agriculture contribute to 80% of the GDP. Women constitute a large part of the working force in the agriculture sector and they produce most of the food which is consumed locally, they play a vital role in rural development.


However, Nigerian women face a lot of cultural, religious and juridical factors that put them in a subordinate position to men. For instance, the female access to education remains lower than male access. Harmful and traditional practices still persist. 28% of women between 15 and 29 are married, divorced or widow (UN) and domestic violence is widespread.

It results in a situation where marginalization, trivialization and sterotyping of women are glaring aspects of Nigerian society.



Training on women's rights

Friends of Humanity is very attached to defending women rights. The promotion of women rights is essential for sustainable development. The respect of women rights and the reduction of the gender gap keep being bring out by international institutions as key conditions to reduce poverty.


In this scope, those trainings aim at:

  • making rural women more aware of their rights
  • strenghtening their socio-economic capacities
  • sensitizing religious and community leaders on the hazards of women marginalization


Women will be asked to replicate what they have learned in their communities.



The impact

"If you educate a man, you educate one person. If you educate a woman, you educate a whole family." - Indian Proverb

After the training, we expect women to have a better knowledge about women rights. They would take a more active role in preventing and responding against women marginalization. They would contribute in a more efficient way to the improvment of their living conditions. On a long term basis, we expect those training to promote and increase awarness and talk about women rights issues in the whole society.



Make a donation to support women in Nigeria !

CHF 50 = Meals for 50 participants
CHF250 = Material costs
for the training in 6 locations



Latest news about this project



> read more