The Journey So Far

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF WAELE/ARCELFA @12.  

I sincerely appreciate all of you for finding time to attend WAELE/ARCELFA 2016 Summit on: “African Women Economic Empowerment & Political Participation”.

Let me start by thanking Almighty Allah for making WAELE/ARCELFA a success story. The 12 years has not been easy because I have had to deny myself & my family’s needs to be able to achieve this great success.

Women Advancement for Economic & Leadership Empowerment in Africa (WAELE/ARCELFA)was founded on the 8th of May 2004 & registered with Nigerian corporate affairs commission on the 7th of September 2004.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me inform you that WAELE/ARCELFA was a child of necessity. Permit me to particularly make reference to the followings with whom WAELE/ARCELFA was conceived.

  • Hon Dr Stella Dorgu
  • Hajiya Aisha Aliyu
  • Hon Chief Mrs Keziah Agundu
  • Princess Lizzy Okose
  • Chief Mrs Mary-Anne Adaba
  • Olori Abiola Agbalajobi
  • Chief Mrs Rachiel Somiari
  • Barrister Ebere Ifendu

We are here today to tell the story of a dream that became a pleasant reality. 12 years ago when I started to actualise my dream of empowering the less privilege women, I didn’t know whether I would succeed or fail, but I was determined to succeed. The past 12 years has been challenging but very rewarding, it was 12 years of hard work, dedication & focus. Today WAELE/ARCELFA is in 46 African countries and it’s already a success story.

AMONG WAELE/ARCELFA ORGANIZED CONFERENCES AND SUMMITS ARE:-

WAELE/ARCELFA 3 Days Launching Workshop in West Africa:  15th –17th of March 2005, Bamako, Mali. 14 countries participated.

WAELE/ARCELFA Continental Conference On The African Woman in A Contemporary World:- Issues On Political & Economic Development. 28 African countries participated. July 2005, Abuja.

WAELE/ARCELFA Nigerian Women in Governance Summit.  October 27th 2006. Abuja.

WAELE/ARCELFA in collaboration with Sudanese Women General Union (SWGU) Held a peace summit on Darfur region of Sudan. 15 African countries participated. October 2008. Khartoum.

WAELE/ARCELFA African Women Emancipation International Conference. 35 African countries and other participants from the USA, UK and Australia participated. July, 2010. Abuja.

WAELE/ARCELFA International Conference on the Struggles of Saharawi Women for Freedom. 42 countries participated, including delegates from US, UK, Spain, France, Argentina, Lebanon, Holland and Portugal. September 2011. Abuja.

WAELE/ARCELFA in collaboration with National Organisation of Saharawi Women Organized: “The Forgotten Plight of Saharawi Women” 10 African countries participated April 2016, at Saharawi Refugee Camp, Tindouf, Algiers.

WAELE/ARCELFA ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENTS PROGRAM: MARCH 2004 – 2016:-

AKWA IBOM STATE EMPOWERMENT: 24TH OF AUGUST, 2004.

2no Complete Sets of Cassava Processing Machine were given to the women of Eket LGA. They could only produce 10bags of Cassava weekly manually. But with WAELE/ARCELFA equipment, their production increased to 20bags of Cassava daily.

1no complete sets of palm oil processing machine each was given to the women of Ini LGA and Mkpat Enin LGA. The women in both LGAs could only produce 20 liters of Palm oil daily.  Their production increased to 400 liters with WAELE/ARCELFA equipment’s.

15no complete sets of sewing machine, including 6no over-locking machine & 3no embroidery machine were also given to enhance production for our members who were into tailoring

BORNO, STATE EMPOWERMENT: 12TH OF OCTOBER, 2004.

16no sets of 8HP milling machines were given to the women of Biu LGA and Guzamala LGA, to enable them contribute to the economic development of their Local Governments.

16no sets of knitting machines were given to the women of Nganzai and Konduga Local Governments.

10no complete sets of sewing machine which includes 4no over-locking machine and 2no embroidery machine were given to the women of MMC and Gwoza Local Governments. This was also to enhance production of our members who were into tailoring. Some of them have since started sewing institute to train other women.

ONDO STATE EMPOWERMENT:  12TH OF OCTOBER, 2005.

WAELE/ARCELFA presented 60 sets of 8HP milling machines to Ondo State women. 

ABIA STATE EMPOWERMENT:  2007

WAELE/ARCELFA empowered 20 Abia State women by assisting them financially.

OYO STATE WIDOWS EMPOWERMENT:  JUNE, 2013

WAELE/ARCELFA presented financial assistance for the empowerment of 40 widows in Oyo State.

WAELE/ARCELFA 2016 AFRICAN WOMEN WIDOWS EMPOWERMENT

SN AFRICAN / NIGERIA BENEFICIARY
1 Benue State, Nigeria 100 Women
2 Adamawa State, Nigeria 100 Women
3 Saharawi Tindouf Refugee Camp  Algiers 100 Women
4 Cross Rivers State, Nigeria 100 Women
5 Gambia, Banjul 100 Women
6 Enugu State,Nigeria 100 Women
7 Kebbi State, Nigeria 100 Women
8 Lagos State, Nigeria 100 Women
9 Malawi, Lilongwe 100 Women
900 WOMEN

WAELE/ARCELFA ADVOCACY & PEACE MISSION IN AFRICA

WAELE/ARCELFA visited His Excellency Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania in Dar-Es-Salaam on the 11th September 2006 to commend him on the appointment of 16 female Ministers and other women in top decision making positions. We also discussed the problems affecting African women and the way forward. The meeting was successful.

WAELE/ARCELFA in collaboration with the Sudanese General Women Union (SGWU) held a peace meeting in Khartoum on Darfur issues from the 20th – 21st of October 2008. WAELE/ARCELFA visited President Omar Al-Basher to discuss the Darfur issue as well as issues concerning Sudan and the Republic of Chad. President Omar Al-Basher promised to continue working towards peace between Sudan and Chad as well as in Darfur Region. As a result of WAELE/ARCELFA meeting with President Omar Al-Basher, Sudanese border with Chad and Sudanese Embassy in Ndjamena had since been re-opened. Credit was given to WAELE/ARCELFA peace mission to Khartoum when the border was re – opened by the Sudanese Government.

WAELE/ARCELFA visited the IDP camp in Al – Fashir, Northern Darfur in May 2009. In collaboration with Sudanese General Women Union (SGWU) organized Peace Summit. More than 3000 women participated in the Peace Summit.

WAELE/ARCELFA visited South Sudan in October 2010. We met with the First Lady H.E. Mrs Kiir and discussed the need for peace in both North & South Sudan after the referendum.

WAELE/ARCELFA visited South Sudan in Feb 2014 on a peace mission and delivered relief materials to the (IDP)

WAELE/ARCELFA visited the women of Tindouf, Algeria in Dec 2010. The meeting was an eye opening on the plight of Saharawi women who have been leaving in refugee camp for over 40 years because Morocco continued occupying Western Sahara despite 1975 ICJ Judgment.

 

WAELE/ARCELFA visited Saharawi refugee camp from 4th– 8th Dec 2010. WAELE/ARCELFAvisited President of Saharawi, H.E. Late Mr.  Mohamed Abdelaziz, it was agreed that WAELE/ARCELFA will organize an International Conference in Nigeria on the plight of Saharawi women. WAELE/ARCELFA organized the Conference in Abuja, September 2013.

WAELE/ARCELFA participated in South Sudan Referendum of 9th January 2011.

WAELE/ARCELFA was in Juba, South Sudan from 3rd – 6th of Feb 2014 on a PEACE mission 

WAELE/ARCELFA HUMANITARIAN SERVICES

WAELE/ARCELFA presented relief materials to the women of Plateau State of Nigeria during the Ethnic religious crises between the Christians and Muslims of the State with the under listed items on the 9th of July 2004.

WAELE/ARCELFA presented relief materials to the Chadian refugees during the rebel disturbances on the 13th of February 2008.

WAELE/ARCELFA presented relief materials (600 bags of wheat’s & 100 cartoons of milk) to the (IDP) in Juba, South Sudan on the 5th of Feb 2014.

WOMEN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & RIGHTS

WAELE/ARCELFA In 2009, 2010 & 2011 collaborated with IPAS Nigeria to organize capacity building and advocacy training of women in all the 6 regions of Nigeria. We have also organized grassroots sensitization rally in Offa in Kwara State, Irele in Ondo State and Bida in Niger State and Port Harcourt in River State. More than 4000 women participated.

CONFERENCES ATTENDED BY WAELE/ARCELFA

WAELE/ARCELFA Participated in African Spanish Women for better World 2008 Niamey Conference and in June 2009 the Launching and first meeting of the working group on economic development in Nairobi Kenya.

WAELE/ARCELFA Participated in June 2009 in DIAGNOSTIC TO ACTION:- Micro finance in Africa multi stake holders conference at the United Nations office Nairobi Kenya. The conference was organized by Women’s World Banking and Africa Micro Finance Action Forum.

WAELE/ARCELFA Participated in International council of women in South Africa in October 2009,

WAELE/ARCELFA also Participated in the United Nations ECA Eight African Regional Conference on Women (Beijing +15) 16th – 20th November 2009, in Banjul the Gambia

WAELE/ARCELFA was part of Launching of African Union, African Women’s Decade in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2010.

WAELE/ARCELFA was part of Saharawi women international conference in Algier, Tindouf refugee camp. April 2013.

WAELE/ARCELFA participated in “A WORLD OF WOMEN FOR WORLD PEACE” at Capitol Visitor Centre Auditorium in Washington DC, USA. Congresswomen Eddie Bernice Johnson, Nancy Palosi and many other MPs were in attendance. WAELE/ARCELFA Founder, delivered paper on her Peace Mission in Africa. October 28th, 2013.

ELECTION MONITORING

WAELE/ARCELFA was part of election monitoring in 2010, Sudan, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry.

WAELE/ARCELFA was part of election monitoring in Niger & Benin Republic in 2011.

WAELE/ARCELFA also participated in Sudan, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso & Benin Republic election monitoring. 2015 – 2016

WAELE/ARCELFA EMPOWERING WOMEN IN ICT

WAELE/ARCELFA in collaboration with Imam Khomeini Relief Centre, Iran has opened a centre in Abuja to train women in ICT.

As Founder of Women Advancement for Economic & Leadership Empowerment in Africa WAELE/ARCELFA, I couldn’t have achieved half of what we have done, without the support of my dedicated team in Nigeria and Africa. Without the contributions of my friends and well-meaning individuals who believed in me, I am indebted to you all.

I am grateful to Sir Gabriel Igbinedion, Esama of Benin Kingdom, for providing ticket for our numerous trips abroad as well as for our international coordinators during our conferences and summits, Late Chief Mrs Chinyere Ukpabi, Our First Grand Matron.  Our New Grand Matron, Senator Daisy Ehanare Danjuma, Agura of Warri Kingdom. For providing relief materials for WAELE/ARCELFA South Sudan, Peace Mission, as well as supporting many of our programs.  Rt Hon Ghali Umar Naabba, Senator Enyi Abaribe, Senator Biodun Olujimi and all others, too numerous to mention here, whose direct and indirect contributions to WAELE/ARCELFA in its 12 years of existence have been invaluable.

Finally I am particularly appreciative of my children for their understanding and support from inception of WAELE/ARCELFA by demonstrating their belief in WAELE/ARCELFA and identifying with the yearnings of the less privileged women across Africa.

WAELE/ARCELFA 2017 INTERVENTION 

NIGERIA: PROVISION OF WATER

SN ZONE VILLAGE / TOWN
1 Ekiti State Ijero Ekiti & Omuo Ekiti
2 Ogun State Orile Oko in Remo North LG & Sango Ota
3 Kogi State Ayangba &  Okene
4 Edo State Ibubo &  Ovia
5 Delta State Okpawa Village, Loko South LGA,  Aja- Ogbugbu Village, Koko
6 Abia State Isu in Arochukwu LGA &, Oloko Ward 2 Umuahia LGA
7 Niger State Patigi Gbangban in Gbako LGA & Pandongari in Kagara LGA
8 Kwara State Ajase Ipo  & Alegongon
9 Katsina State Malunfashi & Dutsinma
10 Kaduna State Brinin Gwari, & Igabi
11 FCT Tungamaje in  Gwagwalada LG

 

AFRICAN WOMEN 2017 100 WIDOWS EMPOWERMENT 

SN COUNTRIES REGION
1 Kenya East Africa
2 Namibia Southern Africa
3 Chad Central Africa
4 Mauritania North Africa
5 Niger West Africa
TOTAL  500

In conclusion, WAELE/ARCELFA will like to appeal for your support to enable us continue with our laudable programs towards African Women Emancipation.

May Almighty God Bless All of You. AMEN

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Esther Ibanga
Esther IbangaWomen Without Walls Initiative Nigeria

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Michelle Obama
Michelle ObamaFormer First Lady, United States Of America

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Hon Mrs Getrude MongellaSecretary of Beijing Conference & Former President, Pan Africa Parliament