Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights

About Us

We’re a youth-led non-profit organization that unites young people with the goal to end female genital mutilation and gender-based violence in Nigeria.
OUR VISION

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.

Our Team

Meet the Executive members of the Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights

Kennedy C. Ekezie-Joseph

Executive Director
“Irrespective of their modes of rearing their ugly heads – either through FGM, forced Child marriage or inaccessibility to education, all manifestations of Female Oppression and sexist cultural undergird should fall. This is what we strive towards.”

Mirabelle Morah

Director of Operations
Mirabelle is a literary studies student. As the editor for blankpapers.com she hopes young African writers would advocate for the girl child through their writings because every story is important. “To utter is to alter” -Niyi Osundare

Victorjasper Ikenna Chinyeaka

Project Finance Manager

Egemasi, Ozioma Temple

Media Director
“Temple studies Business Management at the University of Calabar. In a world with alarming levels of patriarchy, he believe the chalice can offer as much as the phallus, if not more.”

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