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.
1. Increase access to justice for women, girls and married adolescent girls by building their awareness and thereby, their capacity to claim / defend their fundamental human rights in target communities
2. Increase access to basic literacy skills for women, girls and married adolescent girls
3. Increase access to economic opportunities for women, girls and married adolescent girls, thereby enhancing their financial security and securing their emotional wellbeing. When people are empowered they become agents of change. When women are empowered, the change is increased due to the cascading effect onto their children, families and societies. Women in most communities are responsible for providing, food, healthcare and education of their families. Rights, education and poverty are all interwoven and affect the quality of life of women. Education helps women to know their rights and the confidence to claim them. Education exposes women to other opportunities available. Women who are educated are more likely to ensure the education of their children, to know the importance of good nutrition and health care, and to seek it for themselves and their children. Women’s participation in decision-making at the household and community levels is increased when they have access, control and ownership of resources, thereby strengthening their social and political leadership opportunities. Discrimination has prevented many women and girls from being educated, seeking information and economic opportunities, and thus the ability to access justice. The importance of education, economic empowerment, rights education and access to justice cannot be underscored and hence the importance of this Project. This Project is innovative as it seeks to empower women and girls by providing them with basic literacy skills, rights education and economic opportunities all in one effort. Implementing this project will increase their confidence and reduce poverty, thereby contributing to the attainment of Education For All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Strategies: The main strategy is to create Women Legal Centers where access to justice, education and empowerment programmes will be provided to women and girls in
an integrated manner
- Provide basic literacy skills
- Paralegal training of community volunteers who will provide services to include mediation, rights education and referrals
- Economic empowerment through processing and packing of agricultural produces