Women4africa is a UK registered organisation focused on celebrating and empowering Africa and its women by supporting and celebrating their role in their communities via Conferences, supporting education and Awarding prestigious awards, recognitions and special honours on such women identified and nominated by the public.
‘Women4africa’ was birthed from a 20 year desire and passion to see women honoured and appreciated in a celebratory way. Overtime, African women have often been portrayed as victims of poverty, violence, and conflict, amongst other disasters. Beyond advocating and engaging them to fight against these negativities, it is equally important to highlight that African women are also ‘agents of positive change’ in their communities. It is their sheer determination, ambition, passion, talent, resourcefulness and drive which often forgotten in the stories of this women that Women for Africa intend to promote. We exist to support and encourage African women to excel in all they do.
Africa has over 53 countries and a large number of women who are unique and different in their own individual ways. Women of all walks of life tend to face a lot of challenges in today’s society. However, many African women have been great examples of success worldwide promoting peace in conflict-inflicted areas and contributing to the increased resources in their nations. Our popular ‘Women4africa Awards’ is one of the many ways we celebrate and honour these powerful women. The Awards is one of our major events held annually at a prestigious London venue where a number of nominated women are awarded for their hard work and creativity.
WHAT WOMEN FOR AFRICA DOES
We work in 3 main areas to support African women and girls. We do this by working and supporting key charities, policymakers; engage communities and Africans themselves to address this crucial issue. To do this, we put together evidence-based projects focused on awareness raising and support, against the backdrop of our key areas of work.
Empowerment of Women
In Women4africa, we believe that one of the ways to empower women is to ensure that women have access to education and training, productive assets including land, credit and time-saving technology.
We believe that empowering women is also about acknowledging their input in the world at large and celebrating their achievements as a form of inspiration to others.
Our sustainable gender-focused economic projects and our Women4africa annual awards are few of the many ways we intend to enrich African women within various communities.
Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation of Girls
This form of abuse includes asking, forcing or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities, indecent exposure (of genitals, female nipples etc.) for one’s sexual gratification, produce child pornography or groom a child for sexual exploitation.
There is a global prevalence of child sexual abuse and girls are always the most vulnerable victims.
Geographically, with a high rate of 34.4%, African girls have been found to be the most abused, from being molested within their immediate environment as well as been trafficked across international borders. Women4africa aims to put a stop this violation of human right by raising awareness of the issue and support those that are at risk or affected.
Also, in the UK, the amount of African girls involved in early teenage pregnancy, either thorough forced intercourse or gang initiation has to be addressed, particularly in Inner London as well as Birmingham.
Work To End Girl-Child Labour
The ILO estimates that over 48 million children are economically active in the worst forms of labour in Sub-Saharan Africa. African children especially girls are made to work in the construction sector, as domestic slaves, street hawkers etc.
Sometimes this sort of abuse not only exposes them to other forms of exploitation like sexual abuse but also reduces their chances to having a better start in life. Women4africa believe that in order to celebrate great women tomorrow, girls need to be safeguarded today!
This is why we intend to work with the necessary stakeholders to end all aspects of child-labour specifically focused on girls.
Young Africa Writers:
This programme is designed to give young Africans in school in Africa as well as the UK, the opportunity to express their creativity through writing short essays, and winning prizes that will surely boost their morale and reward their gifting and efforts.
Women4Africa was founded in 2011 by Sam and Tola Onigbanjo. They are supported by an Incredible Team.