Strategic Innovation Fund

This Fund is designed to support innovative ideas and initiatives from Women’s Rights Organizations beyond WVL Nigeria project states. The funding opportunity targets innovative ideas which can serve as a catalyst for new ways of doing things within the Women’s Rights movement in Nigeria. It will support innovative actions that align with WVL Nigeria project goal at different levels.

Since 2020, LWROs from the six project implementing states (Lagos, Kwara, Enugu, Kebbi, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory ) and more, received SIF Grant to implement innovative projects. These innovative projects included actions that addressed sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls, advancing women’s political participation, and increasing girl’s enrolment and retention in secondary schools. These innovative projects have included a wide range of women and girls focused interventions aimed at contributing towards the enjoyment of human rights by women and girls and advancing gender equality in Nigeria. Some of these innovations include:

  • Employing hybrid platforms to ensure girls enrolment and retention in secondary schools particularly at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as seen in Kebbi State, building of an App for adolescent and teenage girls to track their menstrual cycles and access important SRH information in Oyo State.
  • The establishment of Female Basketball League in Kaduna State, giving girls an opportunity to express themselves through sports.
  • Promotion of the Rights of Women with Disabilities and strengthening their participation in politics, done in the FCT.
  • A Radio Drama Series in Ondo State advocating against discrimination towards single mothers; no maternity cover in their places of work.
  • Awareness creation and advocacy for policies to address and alleviate Post Partum Depression in women done in the FCT and development of a short film to address Post Partum Depression in women as done in Plateau State amongst others.

Many of these interventions employed technology and other forms of participatory actions, thus making their proposed work distinct.


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