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Gender empowerment and land corruption in Nigeria

Women Empowerment Through Skills Training For Socio Economic Changes and Self Reliance

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Adewumi Mojisola pitched an innovative approach to tackling the disproportionate impact of land corruption on women in Nigeria, through the introduction of Interactive Community Panels. Consisting of community members, women’s leaders, religious representatives and lawyers, the panels are informed about issues relating to women’s rights and work to enhance women’s income generation through land-related activities. The panels work with women on income generating activities, while informing and enabling them to improve their livelihoods and fight for equal land rights. Read the full proposal (link is external). https://landportal.org/news/2019/03/african-youth-fight-land-corruption

Geography of focus (500 characters)

In many African settings, particularly Nigeria the strong link between land and gender cannot be overemphasized. Land is a valuable economic resource and the individual’s ability to derive economic or non- economic value from land depends upon existing land rights. Therefore, the lack of access to land and ownership rights results in a lack of collateral. This, in turn, limits access to farming and credit facilities, thus increasing levels of poverty and displacement among rural women.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

A community driven approach is explored, focusing on influencing the cultural heritage and belief of people , to change the mindset towards a shared future of stability and promise, We followed up our mission through advocacy , empowerment and education on human rights to strenghten the community understanding of diversity and inclusivess for community development . our project seek the endorsement of religious groups , youth leaders , women leaders and other relevant stakeholders.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Under the leadership of 21st Century Entrepreneur initiatives, community women have successfully undertaken collective action and have participated in capacity-building programs, including advocacy, lobbying and mobilization. The strength of the collective has given women the courage to translate their learning into reality. Women gain awareness of their rights and play an active role in claiming their rights Many women are able to set up small suitainable business with loan support. For example, Sarah was able to start business in confectioneries, and then used the collective learning and awareness provided by the program to claim back her lands to grow cassava and vegetables which have been helpful to feed her family. While the profit made on confectioneries business are able to take care of her children education in public schools. Access to land made it easy for Sarah to become house owner with land title and documents.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The proposed project shall focused mainly on women . The project is designed to be all inclusive, with the ability to create a viable platform for policy memorandum; most importantly , the project shall by design,showcase the women’s abilities as a changemakers and leaders which are hardly noticed in various communities due to lack of political will to implement policy that support gender equality. Moreso the project explores community based approach and desighned to benefit marginalised women who form the 60% population in the mapped out area. The empowerment of the core group will ensure that the entire community owns the project. Apart from the organizations presence in the project area and the coorperations from the communities it works with, our project will seek the endorsement of religious groups , youth leaders , women leaders and relevant government authorities. The impact assessment will be determine base on the achievement of our main objectives along with action plan

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Growing up was quite challenging to me, born in River side community of Ondo State Nigeria where culture determines the right of every women and girls , where women are totally disengaged from the process of development. Apart from my childhood experiences the birth of this initiative was based on dehumanizing experiences shared by community women who has experience a lot of marginalizations. Sarah my childhood friend was a young vibrant woman, who became an orphan before the age of ten and forced into marriage at the age of 15 with a polygamist farmer of 60 years. She lost her husband before the age of 25 with four female children. Having seen the continuous trends of misplaced rights and displacements among womenn like Sarah and other experiences of land injustice shared by community women, this initiative creates a safe meeting platform in communities and villages helping women that are displaced, marginalized by poverty and phycological difference. Igniting change from within

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

This initiatives is based upon the success of an existing case study from the River side area of Ondo state, is a rural location in South-Western Nigeria. This area attracts foreign investors and sees many forceful evictions without compensation to pave way for foreign investors to carry out exploitation and exploration of crude oil ,apart from other experienced arising from customary practices and lack of political will to implements land polucy , lt has led to displacement of people from their community to find refuge in neighbouring communities. This area have been in total electricity black out for the past 10 years due to malfunctioning convectional electricity distribution supply .This deprives many women, particularly widows of their lands for agricultural and fishing activities. SME business which are pioneered by most women were also affected due to lack of access to electricity, the economy activities remain weak faced with rapid emigration to urban area.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

This initiatives seeks to provide insight on the situation of rural community women, particularly widows concerning lack of access to land right as well as its impact on their livelihood. It seeks the active involvement of women in the rural community, using first-hand information to initiate actions. This is pursued through awareness, advocacy and education. Sustainable empowerment for women is a tool to address all forms of social injustice among women. Women must be part of developing solutions to issues concerning them, for instance many CSOs, local and global NGOs and research institutions have played major roles in women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation, but the sustainability approach was missing. Through education on human rights and meaningful engagement, community women are empowered to play a vital role in their leadership development as well as the community development. In selecting the beneficiaries, age, number of children, marital status an

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Current partners: Community head of River side comunity ilaje Ondo State Nigeria. *Religious group. *Ondo State Government *Association of female lawyers Ondo State. *Market women Organization. *Community youth led organizations. International organizations like Thomson Reuters Foundation London, Transparency international Berlin and World Youth Forum Egypt. Future Partners I sincerely hope to meet and interact with the Executive Director UN Women , Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka due to the fact that UN Women is an organization that recognized the importance of gender equality as key to delivering on the promises of sustainability peace and security.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Returning home

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

21st Century Entrepreneur initiatives

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEUR INITIATIVES initiated in 2013, is a type of community based development approach with focuses on two key areas: 1. on how land rights influence women’s economic empowerment in the rural communities, in this case, using sustainable empowerment in a creative way through meaningful engagement and; 2. Working with policy makers, To ensure that women in Nigeria are included in the process of development, including advocating for gender balance in the prevention of violent conflict and in maintaining peace and security in the community area level. This initiative seeks to increase women participation in peace process and explores the role of advocacy and empowerment as tools to strengthen the rural community’s understanding of gender and land rights. It seeks the active involvement of women in the rural community, using first-hand information to initiate actions. We believe that Sustainable empowerment for women is a tool to address all forms of social

Website URL:

This initiatives is legally registerd with Corporate Affairs commission Nigeria but we had to let you aware that we are short of funds to finalised our website. In this case we have active social media account. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adewumi-mojisola-ileola-2368a3136

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

Nigeria

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Akure Ondo State

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Photo of Uchenna Okafor
Team

Hi Mojisola Adewumi! I salute your bravery towards ending this ugly treatment against the female folk. Sadly such treatment is often supported by different cultures and traditions across Africa. Nonetheless, how will you ensure that rural women are fully accommodated in this design? It appears that similar attempts in the past are always hijacked by the elites and never got to rural dwellers and less educated.

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Team

Hi Mojisola Adewumi, great to meet you and your idea. We are interested in " . . .using sustainable empowerment in a creative way through meaningful engagement". We think that livelihood matters are quite essential. In addition to your activities, we thus feel that you could adopt some activities to engage your participants to work and make and contribution to livelihood matters while learning. You could get a farm for this purpose. Agroforestry practices and aquaponics could better deliver packages encompassing food crops, tree crops and small livestock with man at the centre. A juxtaposition of these components would lead to symbiotic relationships with mutual benefits. Food crops would provide short term benefits; small ruminants would provide benefits in the medium term while tree crops would provide benefits in the long term. Useful trees serve as the farmers’ insurance cover (pension). On tree planting still, you could adopt vegetative propagation techniques such as grafting and air-layering to produce fruit tree seedlings which deliver fruits in two to three years after planting. In this way, young persons (who are often not patient enough to wait for a long time) will get results of their agribusinesses sooner than later. Could you also consider integrating aquaponics (aquaculture + hydroponics)? Some beneficiaries would have been trained to carry out petty businesses and earn their own livelihoods rather than depend all the time. Nkeng Pius (Executive Director)

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Team

Many thanks to you Nkeng for your concerns
Could you explain further on aquaponics (aquaculture + hydroponics)

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Team

Hi Mojisola Adewumi, check out the following pages for a vivid explanation:
https://aquaponics.com/aquaponic-systems/home-aquaponic-systems/
https://www.aquaponics4you.com

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Team

Dear Nkeng,
Thank you for sharing.

Photo of Isaac Jumba
Team

Hello Mojisola Adewumi 

Great to see the idea's progress. Please remember to keep updating your idea with new insights gathered on your idea.

Watching the video, it is still not clear to me whether your solution purely focuses on women and helps them reclaim land ownership or is targeting everyone claiming land ownership. Please clarify further.

I also wonder, how does your idea go beyond helping create awareness and advocacy , in helping the women take actions?

It might be useful going through the community research toolkit: https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5a147545b687370001bfd10c/5d1669526ad3cb33291bf633_User-Experience-Interview.pdf in helping you carry out an activity and getting feedback from the women, which can be represented in ways such as a user experience map: https://d3gxp3iknbs7bs.cloudfront.net/attachments/5c28e26a-ba7f-44f4-859b-e82658264287.pdf

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Team

Hello lsaac,
This project seeks to provide insight on the situation of rural community women, particularly widows concerning lack of access to land right as well as its impact on their livelihood. It seeks
the active involvement of women in the rural community, using first-hand information to initiate actions. This is pursued through awareness, advocacy and education.

Photo of Udoka Inwang
Team

Amazing work Mojisola Adewumi 

Photo of Mojisola Adewumi
Team

Many thanks to you Ndoka
Your idea is inspiring too

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Team

Wow, really glad to see such an idea being propagated especially from Nigeria which has one the greatest issues of gender inequality that has strong links with our culture and tradition. I personally recommend this project to be translated to the several parts of the country most especially the South-Eastern zone as it will be of great impact. Thumbs up @Mojisola Adewumi.

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Team

Hello Senator,

Many thanks for your comments.
You are doing great too.
Let gets in touch

Photo of Senator Owuala
Team

Sure you could reach me via WhatsApp +2347039536210

Photo of Mojisola Adewumi
Team

Thank you Isaac.

This project is based upon the success of an
existing case study from the River side area of Ondo state, Nigeria. This area attracts foreign investors and sees many forceful evictions without
compensation to pave way for foreign investors to carry out exploitation and exploration of crude oil apart from customary practices that support male dominance in land ownership and inheritance, Through my personal experience and land injustice story shared by community women,particularly widows led me to community services.

Under the leadership of 21st Century Entrepreneur intiatives, cummunity women have successfully undertaken collective action and have participated in capacity-building programs, including advocacy, lobbying and mobilization.
The strength of the collective has given women the courage to translate their learning into reality
About 6000 women from 20 Community have successfully undertaken collective action and participated in capacity-building programmes, empowered to play a vital role in their leadership development as well as fighting for their lands rights through meaningful engagement.

Photo of Bremley Lyngdoh
Team

I am really impressed by your leadership Mojisola Adewumi addressing a sensitive issue on land grabbing by big oil corporations who don't respect the rights of local communities living in the areas you are working now. I am delighted to know that you have touched the lives of 6000 women from 20 communities who have been trained to successfully undertake collective action to protect their land for generations to come. Perhaps you can linkup with other women groups working on similar issues to strengthen your cause and important mission. It would be good to engage with Human Rights Groups like Amnesty International and Environmental Rights Groups like Greenpeace International local chapters in Nigeria and keep them aware of your actions on the ground.

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Team

Many thanks to you Bremley for your interest and for suggesting possible ways for collaborations .
Currently am working with some Human rights group like Thomson Reuters Foundation and Transparency international on this same course. Yet more ground to cover as land corruption in the community level as become an epidemic issue that needs urgent attention .

Bremley ,your expertise and networking experience is also needed to make this idea a reality .Please let get connected and keep in touch

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Team

Sure please take a look at the work of Hasina from the Impulse Social Enterprises (ISE) which is a social enterprise of like-minded individuals that help provide sustainable livelihoods for tribes in Northeast India, neighbouring states, and eventually in neighbouring countries as well. https://www.impulsempower.com/about-impulse/

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Team

Sure l will
Thank you so.much for creating the needed connection

Photo of Isaac Jumba
Team

Hey Mojisola Adewumi 

Great to have your submission for the challenge. It is great reading through what your organization is already doing on matters women land rights. I wonder if you could share more on the statistics; what number of people get affected by the stated problem?