International Action Network on Small Arms Women Network–Nigeria (IANSAWNN) is a non-profit making, non-political and a non governmental network of women groups working to stop the proliferation and misuse of Arms in Nigeria. The network is registered with Nigeria's Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with Registration number RC707831 (2007), with the aim of coordinating women-led and focused organizations working on gun violence and partnering with other development organizations both locally and internationally to encourage greater awareness and inclusion of women’s rights and gender issues as well as foster development for the less privileged.
Vision: IANSAWNN envisions a society where there is sustainable peace and the economic, social and political rights of women and children are protected.
Mission: IANSA Women Network-Nigeria exist to reduce the proliferation and impact of small arms on women and children in order to achieve peace and sustainable development in Nigeria as well as empower the poor and marginalized among the population, so that they are better positioned to contribute to their well-being and the development of the society,as well as mainstreaming gender and protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens.
Our Objectives: To coordinate and strengthen women led and focused organisations working on prevention of small arms proliferation and misuse in Nigeria using best practices to identify, mobilise and use their capacities and available resources to achieve the following specific objectives;
⦁ Educate women and youths on the dangers of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)
⦁ Protect and promote the rights of the vulnerable poor men and women as well as children
⦁ Facilitate the economic empowerment of the disadvantaged through life skills acquisition and small enterprise development
⦁ Ensure inclusion and active participation of women in their political, economic and social life
⦁ Sustain all programmes that relates with Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) as it affects women and youths.
⦁ Empower women to take up developmental issues as it affects them
Structure of the Organization
At the apex of IANSAWNN is a Six (6) member Board of Trustees which approves policies and programmes of the organization. There also exists a steering committee comprising of zonal representatives from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. A National Coordinator oversees all programmes and activities of the Network. She is also the chief accounting officer of the organization. We operate a standard financial and accounting system handled by a competent accountant who takes charge of all financial transactions of the organization. The network also operates a Programme implementation unit with designated and a well-developed workforce for implementing the entire programmes and activities of the organization.
Partners and Networks
IANSA Women Network Nigeria collaborates with agencies and community based organizations in the implementation of her activities and projects. Some of the activities implemented range from women political participation, promoting communities participation in all peace and development processes, campaign against the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, empowerment of youth and career development, lobbying for domestication and or ratification of policies, conventions and treaties.
- North East: Hajiya Aisha Margima
- North Central: Elizabeth Jeiyol
- North West: Hajiya Hadiza Bala Fagge
- South East: Barr Mrs. Oby Nwankwo
- South West: Bridget Osakwe
- South South: Emem Bridget Okon
⦁ United States Institute for Peace- USIP
⦁ OXFAM GB
⦁ United Nations Entity for Women’s Equality(UN Women-Nigeria Country Office)
⦁ Defence Head Quarters
⦁ Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development
⦁ Federal Ministry of Defence
⦁ Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs
⦁ Federal Ministry of Justice
⦁ International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
⦁ National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA)
National Networking Partners
⦁ Charles & Doosurgh Abaagu Foundation
⦁ Community Emergency Response Initiative (CERI)
⦁ Benue NGOs Network (BENGONET)
⦁ Transition Monitoring Group
⦁ Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Nigeria (WILPF)
⦁ Churches for Action in Peace and Development (CAPAD)
⦁ Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP)
⦁ Women Peace and Security Network-National (WPSNN)
Regional Working Partners
⦁ West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA)
⦁ West African Network for Peace (WANEP) Gambia
⦁ Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA)
⦁ Foundation for Security and Development in Africa- FOSDA
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