The Women Inspiration Development Center was formed in 2008 by Busayo Obisakin along with a group of women friends and colleagues that initially called themselves vigilantes against Violence, who set out to curb the violence against women and girls through a variety of services and activities they offered throughout the local community. After a short while, it became clear that the name needed to change to reflect the widening scope of the work done by the group to help protect and improve the lives of women in the community. The group officially became registered as an organization, Women Inspiration Development Center, in 2010.
Our Work at WIDC
One to one counselling:
Women Inspiration Development Center offers one to one counselling and psychotherapy for victims of violence, helping them to break the chains of trauma by talking about their experience. We then offer a client centered and confidential counselling in person or though the phone.
We offer a game changer agency empowerment workshop for women and girls facing violence for them to be able to say “I am and I can” and then make strategic decisions and choices to move on in life.
Skill Acquisition Training
We also offer the women vocation training choice either in Tailoring, Bead making, Soap Making, Adire Making and Catering services for them to have a business that will be keeping them and their children.
Group Support and Table Banking
The morale gets a boost when a woman knows she is not fighting her battles alone. Collective confidence is a strong remedy for the survivors of abuse therefore WIDC runs support groups and table banking system where survivors of violence share with each other, assist each other to be empowered economically
Direct Support Services
Initiatives for Social Action and Change
Conducting Public Awareness Campaigns and Programs:
WIDC conducts awareness campaigns and program on two local FM radio stations that is heard in at least 9 states in English and our local language.
Building Violence Free Communities
We mobilize community women, men, girls and boys in schools, rural communities and urban areas and equip them to prevent violence against women and girls in their communities. Our support groups provide women with support services, create avenues for their economic empowerment, and help them claim their rights.
Networking and Advocacy
WIDC collaborates with women and human rights organizations, networks, and movements to advocate with different agencies to advance women’s right and prevent violence against women and influence changes in policies and procedures
WIDC’s Major Accomplishments to Date
- We have led IMAGINE empowerment workshops for 1750 women in the community. IMAGINE, an initiative of Empowerment Institute, empowers women in challenging life circumstances in developing world countries to envision and create new possibilities for their life through participating in a four-day training program called the “Empowerment Workshop.” This training program was developed by Gail and David of Empowerment Institute, NY, USA and has successfully been applied over the past 35 years in numerous countries worldwide. It addresses the part in women’s empowerment that is often missing; agency or self-efficacy, which enables the traditional investments in outer resources such as education, health or income generation activities to be more effective. This agency is achieved through the application of the empowerment methodology which helps individuals increase their self-knowledge so they can discover what’s important to them; translate this knowledge into a compelling vision; identify and transform the limiting beliefs that inevitably arise when creating something new; and adopt an actionable growth strategy to attain their goals. These empowerment tools then serve as part of a support system to sustain the personal growth over time and enhance the program’s impact, beyond the women, to their family and community. On-going program monitoring and evaluation ensures optimization of the Empowerment Workshop’s cultural adaptation and effectiveness in delivering agency. Research conducted by Dr. Anita Shankar of Johns Hopkins University confirms the positive impact, staying power, and ripple effect of IMAGINE’s ability to further agency.
- Our Organization won Josie Maran Cosmetic IMAGINE Award for 2016 worth $25,000
- We have led talks and enlightenment campaigns for over 6000 women and girls in 12 rural communities, teaching them how to protect themselves from Gender Based Violence especially domestic and sexual violence.
- We have been advocating for eradication of Gender Based Violence through Radio programs for the past 4 years
- We have trained about 150 women and girls on one skill or the other in the last three years.
- We have created 12 different support groups of at least 50 women in each support group in the last 3 years.