OUR VISION IS A WORLD FREE FROM FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND VIOLENCE ON THE BASIS OF GENDER. We provide identity and a common vision to unite young people to end gender-based violence in Nigeria through effective social change communication and to catalyze social change as well as providing safe spaces for young people to speak about issues that concern them in Nigeria.
The programs carried out by the organization include the monthly workshops/outreach in junior and high schools, intervention programs to rural communities, and capacity development for Sustainable Action and change; these include empowering the Gender Development team to provide trainings for schools, institutions and individuals within and outside the state; educational lessons for girls 10-18 years at the schools all over Calabar, and school and community-based lessons with girls and young females; Mentoring and internship programs for girls and young females where a group of 5 girls are assigned to one mentor, for the purpose of training, educational and moral assistance; trainings for volunteers, students, and as many as are interested in attending the trainings etc; Paid technical training at public symposiums on invitation by sponsors, Inter-school Debate and Quiz competitions amongst schools in the state. We deploy the use of strategic communication for pragmatic social cohesion. This involves organizing and participating in community dialogue/consultative sessions, general public education using print and electronic media, social media platforms, commemoration of special events, etc.), and community intervention/social work in rural communities.
Our campaigns are preventive in nature. We target community chiefs and authorities, patriarchs, young school children generally between the ages of 9 and 20, especially school students.
We are unyielding in our resolve that FGM can end in this generation. Thus, in a bid to promote this vision, we engage in voluntary community outreach targeted at the patriarchs who are the custodians of culture to provide education and empowerment that enables them get rid of female genital mutilation. We also target women and the girl child to provide an ideological reorientation about the status of women in the society, and the general social value placed on women. We want a world where women can fully participate in without any mental or elemental limitations and micro aggressions. Female Genital Circumcision and gender-based violence constitutes a fundamental assault to the dignity of humans. We believe in the utility of discourse, debate, dialogue and advocacy, as vital tools and instruments for social integration and cohesion which will question the aspect of culture that upholds the barbaric practice of FGM. We strive and remain dogged to this vision till every practice of gender-based violence has been done away with completely in Nigeria.
Kennedy C. Ekezie-Joseph
Victorjasper Ikenna Chinyeaka
Egemasi, Ozioma Temple
Onyeka Nwelue is 29 years old and is from Nigeria. He is the CEO/President at LaCaveMusik; a Research Fellow at Ohio University; the Recipient of the 2013 Prince Claus Fund Ticket Grant; Visiting Lecturer at The University of Hong Kong; a Visiting Assistant Professor & Fellow of African Literature at Manipur University and is the Read more about #EXTRAORDINARY -INTERVIEW WITH ONYEKA NWELUE[…]
Every week this month, the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights will interview a youth trailblazer from various parts of the world in a series titled #EXTRAORDINARY. We are pleased to introduce our first interviewee: ONYEKA NWELUE. Onyeka is 29 years old and is from Nigeria. He is the CEO/President at LaCaveMusik; a Research Fellow Read more about #EXTRAORDINARY[…]
The Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights in partnership with Voice of Reason and BlankPaperz, on the 2nd of April 2017, hosted a public speaking g competition for Nigerian University students on the theme: “Education eradicates Gender Violence”. The aim of this tournament was to get Nigerian students converse with, and engage on the subject Read more about CYCWR PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION[…]
Mirabelle Morah, our Director of Projects is now a fellow of the 2017 cohort of the Young African Leaders Initiative founded by President Barack Obama. She is currently recieveing training at the Lagos Campus of the Regional Leadership Center of YALI. She is also the Founder and CEO of Blankpaperz.
Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph the Executive Director of CYCWR has been selected as one of the 30 Global Teen Leaders for 2017 by the Three Dot Dash Initiative and will participate in the 2017 Just Peace Summit in New York City from March 10 – 17. This is in recognition of his achievements as an individual and Read more about CYCWR’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAS BEEN SELECTED AS 2017 GLOBAL TEEN LEADER[…]
I remember when feminist demonstrations meant protesting for the enactment of Universal Adult Suffrage and the right of women to access political spaces. However, it is rather bewildering the vista new feminism has routed in its aims and goals. The difference is akin to that between negative deontology and positive teleology. Feminism has gone too Read more about WHY WE MUST REJECT NEW FEMINISM EVEN AS WE SUPPORT GENDER JUSTICE BY KENNEDY EKEZIE-JOSEPH[…]