It was an amazing season as HELWEI strived towards sustainable community development in Alimosho Community, Lagos State. The project, held on the 18th and 19th of October 2022, was aimed at contributing to gender equality and equity, and the social inclusion of women and persons living with disabilities. This was done by raising Change Agents among women and building their capacities as leaders to advocate and participate in community development initiatives.
The women were drawn from religious groups, and trade groups such as the Lagos Council of Trade and Artisans (LASCOTA), Community Development Committee (CDC), Ward Committee, and PWD Clusters in Alimosho. We also had observers from the Council.
HELWEI is implementing this project under the Educational Co-Operation Society (ECS), led consortium comprising Institute for Media Studies(IMS), Koloba & Lala Women Progressive Association, and Advocacy for Anti-Bribery, Corruption and Crime Prevention Initiative (AABC & CPI). This is with funding from European Union (EU) and support from British Council, under the Agents for Citizens Driven Transformation ( ACT) program.
The leadership session was anchored by Mrs. Obioma Agoziem who guided the women through Self-Discovery and Positive Resolutions to Change.
Speaking on Human Rights, Community Advocacy, and Social Inclusion, Mrs. Bose Iro-Nsi used an apt illustration of a fire outbreak to expose the fact that calamities do not categorize by colour of skin, ethnic group, or sex.
The ED, Ebere Okey-Onyema, spoke on Basic Skills of Intervention, challenging all to a holistic response and appreciation of one and all approaches. Hear the women share their learnings and commitments to participate in development processes in their communities.