Legal Empowerment & The Rule of Law
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): Many women and girls are denied their rights for no other reason than that they are female.
Gender discrimination affects women and girls throughout their life time. Ignorance, lack of education, poor access to information affects women and girls lives in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, education, employment. This results in low literacy levels, high maternal mortality, morbidity, ill health and poverty.The girl child’s rights are violated when she is subjected to forms of abuse, exploitation and violence such as female genital mutilation/cutting; child marriage and premature parenthood; sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. prevented from obtaining an education or is married off at an early age while her male peers are allowed to continue their schooling. A lack of education affects the girl child’s development as she lacks vital knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS. She is often unable to make informed choices on issues that affect her.
IWEI aims to empower people especially women by building knowledge through education and informing them of their basic human rights as stated in the Nigerian Constitution so that they can resist discrimination and exploitation within their communities.Paralegal training workshops are also carried out for community members that comprise females and males thereby creating access to justice.