ActionAid Nigeria had the distinct honor of hosting the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jamie Christoff, the Assistant Deputy Minister Sub-Saharan Africa, Cheryl Urban, and the Head of Development Cooperation Canada in Nigeria, Ahafodji Djifa, at our Abuja Office this week. It was a strategic meeting that allowed us to showcase the results of the Women’s Voice and Leadership Nigeria project implemented by ActionAid Nigeria and funded by Global Affairs Canada.
The WVL-Nigeria funding is empowering over 150 women-led organizations or Women Rights Organizations to transform the lives of women and girls in different communities and states across Nigeria. We are grateful to the Canadian High Commission for their continued support to the gender equality agenda.
The project has had a positive impact on the lives of over 7.1 million women and girls. The project has provided access to survivor-centred services and information, facilitated women’s access and control over their resources, and supported women to break into closed traditional spaces and participate in leadership and agenda setting at various levels.
The project is a model for how to effectively empower women and girls. It is an example of how international development assistance can be used to make a real difference in people’s lives.