About WFN

<a name="wfn"></a> <h4>What is WFN? </h4> <p>Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN) is a Non-Governmental Organisation registered in December, 2004.</p> <p>It was founded by <a href="founders.php">Three Visionary Women</a> to enlighten and empower Women to contribute meaningfully and strategically for an all round development of the Nigerian polity. The need to complement Government’s efforts aimed at providing good Governance in Nigeria for the promotion of a holistic development is among the core values of our vision and mission statements.</p> WFN was initially aimed at politically empowering Nigerian Women but soon realised that without economic empowerment and social development, it was impossible for women to be politically empowered. It was therefore imperative to incorporate women education, economic empowerment, health and other socio-economic issues and activities to boost the status of women. <br><br>Our “Catch Them Young” programme is targeted at female adolescents and young women. To this end, WFN has instituted several programmes to educate young women on socio economic and political issues, and keep them off the streets <a name="vision"></a> <h3>Vision</h3> <p>Our vision is to see Nigerian women transformed from being passive recipients to active participants in the development and decision making process in the country. We seek to position women to explore the opportunities that are abound in the socio-economic and political spheres of our Great Nation, Nigeria.</p><a name="mission"></a> <h3>Mission</h3> <p>Our mission is the establishment of Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN), as an Organization that produces change agents to achieve our Vision. WFN will be a resource centre that will uplift and liberate women from their present dependent position to self reliant status. It will be a storehouse with a database for Women issues.</p> <a name="os"></a> <h3>Organizational Structure</h3> <p>WFN is organized, managed and run by a Board of Trustees (BOT) and Board of Directors (BOD)- responsible for implementing the activities of the organization and decisions of the board. There are also six zonal Coordinators for the Six Geo-political Zones.</p><a name="rfi"></a> <h3>Reasons for Intervention</h3> <p>Nigerian Women are faced with enormous problems due to the socio-economic and political marginalization in National Planning and Development. The maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is one of the worlds highest. Also related to womens health are the problems of VVF, Female Genital Mutilation, HIV /AIDS and other STIs.</p> <p>Over 50% of Nigerian women are uneducated largely due to obnoxious traditional practices and misplaced values, which places more emphasis on the male child. Even the few educated women are discriminated against in jobs opportunities. In addition to beign uneducated, most Nigerian women lack information which would enable them improve their status and wellbeing.</p> <p>Economically, women lack access to credit, thery are denied ascendancy in inheritance and land ownership due to the nature of patriarchal society. They lack technical, organizational and accountancy skills. All these hinder their economic empowerment.</p> <p>Women's numerical strength in the population is not reflected in the political structure and decision making structures of the Country. This is evident by the number of Women in the Legislative, Judicial and Executive arms of Government where women are grossly under represented.</p>

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