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About the Initiative

The mission is to empower the women, youth and children of Nigeria to enable them escape from the cycle of poverty through innovative and qualitative programmes.

The Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative is a non governmental and non profit organization established with the aim of transforming the lives of the most vulnerable groups (women and children), through the provision of access to improved healthcare, education, economic empowerment programmes channeled at boosting their confidence and self esteem, and enhancing capacity building in order to motivate them towards a life of economic self reliance and sufficiency.

To keep alive the ideals of Alhaji Isa Wali, which are still relevant today, the Family has decided that the Initiative be named in his memory.

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Our Vision

IWEI envisions empowered communities where women,
youth and children fully develop their potentials.

Some of our Projects

  • Human Rights & Paralegal Services
  • Family Health & Nutrition
  • Education & Economic Empowerment
  • The Establishment of Women Legal Clinic Centers in Kano State in 6 Local Government areas
  • Human Rights are those rights which every individual is entitled to irrespective of sex, religion, culture or colour by virtue of their existence as a human being. It is an inalienable right.
    “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
  • A total of 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, where 85% of the population lives. Maternal health continues to record high levels of mortality and morbidity in Kano State. Despite being the first to initiate free maternal and child health policy (2001) MMR still remains very high (1,600 deaths/100,000 births (NHDS 2008)). Free services are only available in secondary facilities as hospitals in the LGAs, whereas majority of the population in the State patronize are not managed by Kano State Government. Ajingi LGA, where IWEI is working, only has primary health facilities and TBAs are still the first point of contact for pregnant women. Many of the problems women experience during pregnancy stem from ignorance and patriarchal nature of society.
  • Educating and economically empowering women means they are able to contribute greatly to their families, villages and nations. In Nigeria, Over 70 percent of the population live below the poverty line on less than $1 a day. ”with 52 percent of rural women living below the poverty line,women constitute the majority of the poor, the unemployed, and the socially disadvantaged” (Ode Ojukwu,2007)
    To be able to read and write is to be empowered. The African saying “Educate a man, you educate one person, educate a woman and you educate society”
  • In 2013, IWEI received a $200,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to carryout a 2 year project titled ‘The Establishment of Women Legal Clinic Centers in Kano State in 6 Local Government areas namely: Warawa, Wudil, Dawakin Tofa, Bichi, Rano and Garum Mallam.
    The aim of the Project is to improve the quality of life of women in rural communities in 6 local government areas (LGAs) in Kano State.

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