"With this program, I have now seen the possibility of purposeful leadership in the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general [...]
Our definition of gender mainstreaming
A process for ensuring equitable participation of women and men and making their concerns and experiences an integral part of Project/Program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as operations
2016 International Women’s Day Forum
PIND organized a well-attended forum to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8. With theme ‘Pledge for Parity: Support Women in Agriculture’ (derived from the Global “Pledge for Parity” theme), the Forum was held in partnership with our USAID co-funded MARKETS ll Project and Working Fingers Initiative International, a coalition of women-focused organizations in Delta State, promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. The event received wide media coverage by the print, broadcast, and social media.
Through spirited engagements that took place, forum participants increased their knowledge on women and empowerment issues, shared experiences and learned from each other tips on how best to mobilize and increase their incomes. They also networked and shared contacts that will is facilitating partnerships and collaboration.
Read about the five things we learned from the IWD forum and the Storify of the Forum
2015 International Women’s Day Celebrations: #Make it Happen – Women as Peace Agents in the Niger Delta
We held a successful advocacy campaign on #Make it Happen: Women as Peace Agents in the Niger Delta which created awareness on the roles and achievements of women as peace agents in conflict prone zones, the challenges women face as peace agents, and proposed policies and programmatic to address the challenges. The campaign featured stories of women from Niger Delta communities who are leading the charge for peace in their local communities.
Read the stories of the women and the Storify of the campaign
We Have Built Internal Capacity for Gender Mainstreaming
Throughout 2015, PIND projects and operations personnel were trained, coached and mentored on gender mainstreaming in their different spheres of work. Although gender beliefs and mindsets take time to break, an assessment of the effectiveness of our gender capacity building efforts conducted in October 2015 showed we have made good progress as it revealed the following:
Increased gender knowledge/awareness with lots of ‘Aha’, ‘I now see’
‘’Gender is about ensuring equal opportunity for both men and women to benefit, that none is disadvantaged’’
Gender is now a popular discourse
‘’We talk a lot about gender… sometimes we even quarrel about it’’
Gender is not left to chance – It is being consciously made to happen
“I have made conscious decisions to mainstream gender in my work.”
Gender knowledge is being practiced
“We put a lot of emphasis on gender balance in the selection of participants for the just concluded PREVENT Committee training in 9 P4P state chapters’’
There is gender influencing and advocacy
“I am wearing the gender lens whenever key issues/decisions are being discussed at different meetings/platforms -raising gender perspectives/concerns’’
‘’I had a prior misunderstanding that gender issues pertained to women alone. With this corrected, at meetings in PIND and outside PIND where I participate, I now try to influence others with this new thinking and correct those who have same misunderstanding’’
Body of Research on Gender in the Niger Delta
PIND’s Studies on Gender in the Niger Delta has produced valuable information that is contributing to the overall success of mainstreaming gender into development programming for the region.
Gender now added as Module on the flagship CAPABLE Training Course
Given the outcomes and impacts of the pilot CAPABLE project, we rolled out a follow-on CAPABLE Phase 2 in 2015 which includes a module on gender mainstreaming.
Learn More about CAPABLE 2
Gender Myths Limiting women’s Economic Benefits are Being Challenged and Broken
“While I could not climb tree to cut down the fresh fruit bunch, I made determination to use the MAH after realizing that men who adopted the MAH are no more climbing palm trees and have increased their income’’
Palm Fruit Farmer in Edo State.
2017 International Women’s Day Forums themed “#BeBoldforChange”
The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldforChange, so we two events: one in Benin, Edo State, titled “Women Be Bold for Change: Adopt Improved Agricultural Technologies and in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on March 29, and the second in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, titled “Women Be Bold for Change in Community Development and Peacebuilding”. These events provided women an opportunity to network while sharing knowledge and learning new strategies on how to amplify their voices in community, state and regional level.
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