The Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (WF) was created in 2011 to increase the representation of women in Nigerian governance at all levels and address the growing concerns about the gender imbalance in elective and appointive positions. Nigeria currently falls short of the National Gender Policy benchmark of 35%minimum gender representation and other global and regional benchmarks to which the country is signatory. For instance, with the return to democratic governance in 1999, the number of women being elected in Nigeria steadily increased but since 2007 it has remained stagnant between 7-9% representation in the National Assembly, less than the average rate of female parliamentarians globally and in Sub-Saharan Africa which is 19% and 20% respectively.
The Fund’s start up grant was provided by the Office of the Senior Special Advisor to the President on the MDG’s (OSSAP-MDG’s). In order to sustain programmatic outcomes and meet our target objectives however there is a need to enlarge our financial resource pool through: the development/implementation of a fund raising strategy; compilation of a list of potential supporters....
On Tuesday 8th April 2014, Women Fund attended the ‘eparations towards the 2015 General Election: Enhancing citizen participation through Civil Society Organisations’ meeting, held in Abuja, Nigeria.
It is hoped that this will be the first of many open forums, [ ... ]
The essence of the dialogue between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a cross-section of female Nigerians, was to create the space for a frank discussion about the experiences of women and young girls as voters, candidates and members of the public around elections. The sessio [ ... ]
3 Nigerian girls from different schools in the Federal capital territory were in South Korea for the Molecular Frontiers Symposium 2013. This was made possible by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund and the South Korean Embassy in Nigeria. Women Fund ASCEND project aims at inspiring and empowering young g [ ... ]
Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) is a coalition of women’s rights organisation across Nigeria, advocating for a fair and gender responsive constitution for the Nigerian people. The constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the country, while we hail the constitution review proce [ ... ]
June 4 2013, Abuja.
Ayisha Osori, the CEO of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (Fund) spent seven weeks in the United States as the 35th Eisenhower Fellow from Nigeria. Her program was focused on enhancing the political participation of women and managing gender based violence. Ms Osori was sponsored b [ ... ]
This year, the theme for International Women’s day – March 8 2013, is Gender Agenda – Gaining Momentum. It is an opportunity to take stock of gains for women and girls and look towards opportunities for improvement, because there is always room for improvement. Nigeria has made gains in terms [ ... ]
The realisation of practical democratic governance presupposes the existence of a strong and steady opposition with the ability to provide outlets for dynamic influences, inclusiveness, and viable alternatives. A democracy lacking these key components leads to bad governance and the attendant ills t [ ... ]
PRESS RELEASE Abuja, Nigeria. The Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (WF) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) have formally written to leading officials of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to ask them to stop the war that is currently being waged against women in Abuja by the Abuja Envi [ ... ]