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Who we are

The empowerment of women and young persons is one of the most important concerns of the 21st century, because women empowerment has the potential to contribute to family, social and economic development. Also, empowered girls and women are key to breaking the cycle of poverty for families around the world.

What we do

Legal Empowerment
Women & Young Person's Empowerment

IWEI has built a niche for itself in its Legal Empowerment work which aims to promote safe communities by ensuring access to justice, security and peace for the poor and vulnerable – women and children.
One of the ways it does that is by training community-based people in basic legal skills legal skills, for example problem-solving, advice-giving, mediation and statement-taking, in order to serve their communities which are mainly in the urban poor, semi – urban and rural communities.

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The rights of women are enshrined in the Nigerian 1999 Constitution but they such rights do not always have any practical bearing on the actual lived realities of most Nigerian Women. This is evident for many women in Northern Nigeria, Kano state inclusive. The society is highly patriarchal and women are expected to nurture the children and take care of the home only. Such traditional views have consequences that do not augur well for social and economic development of women and the society at large. 

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In 2020, COVID – 19 pandemic’s effect on countries around the world has been disastrous leading to loss of lives, morbidity and increase in poverty. Nigeria reported its first case in February, and by March was placed on a total lockdown to curtail the spread of the virus. This led to the loss of jobs, income, and livelihood and a resultant increase in gender-based violence.

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stories from the field


Bara Sani

“If not for the paralegals… I could have gone into prostitution” 23-year old Bara Sani had been forced into marriage



They also help to
reunite those detained with their relatives who sometimes are not aware of the arrest of their loved one.


Tofa Settlement

Community Action with Support from Paralegals. Abu Daso Quarry Company was using explosives to break the rocks to sell


Kwa Cotton Farmers

More Profits and Improved
Lifestyles for Kwa Farmers. this group have gone into rice and maize farming, and poultry farming.


Our founders, past and Present


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+234(0) 809 479 0000

10 Arakan Road, Nassarawa GRA, Kano

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