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    1 : WOFAN CONCEPT By HAJIA SALAMATU GARBA- COORDINATOR WOMEN FARMERS ADVANCEMENT NETWORK WOFAN OR 2ND AFRICAN REGIONAL PREPARATORY CONFERENCE FOR WSIS-ACCRA 2005
    2 : GOAL & OBJECTIVES OF WOFAN GOAL sustainable improvement in the quality of life rural populace. OBJECTIVE Reach out to rural communities and provide a forum for them to express and support themselves Encourage them to form commodity groups to ensure adequate access to agricultural information & facilities, including credit and insurance facilities
    3 : Accra-2005 3 sustainable livelihoods strategy; Rights based Approach Empowerment towards Availability of Resources Approach
    4 : Community participation   In each community, there are at least two committees Project implementation committee (PIC) made of group representatives, women and youths to monitor on going projects & Project Advisory committee (PAC) religious, traditional, local government and professional representatives to advise and support on going projects participatory & responsive, with self – selection groups. Rural groups are assisted to identify their needs and draw up action plans for intervention using PRA/PLA Each group chooses its president, secretary and treasurer & responsible for implementing WOFAN-assisted projects.
    5 : Accra-2005 5 Characteristics of the hard to reach women with which WOFAN works in the rural communities §        They are women who, having married between the ages of 10 and 11 years, are tucked away into seclusion by their husbands through the rest of their lives. §        They are mostly illiterate. §        They possess no land nor do they possess any economically exploitable skills. §        Their communities see them as reproductive human machines whose main role in life is to endlessly conceive, give birth and care for children. §        They exhibit the 3ps poor , pregnant and powerless.  
    6 : Problem identification session with male and female groups on health issues in U/Kwari village-2000. Also there is visual aid and illustrations for facilitate the participation of the male and female groups
    7 : Accra-2005 7 poverty Reduction Strategies using the radio was prioritized to focus on the following key issues Health, livelihoods, governance, capacity building through Functional literacy programmes
    8 : Accra-2005 8 Women sit around their radios after their various income generation activities and listen to programmes on health and current affairs. They also record their feed back or prepare radio programme around such topics . In cases where issues raised require professionals or advocacy, WOFAN facilitiates the process
    9 : Accra-2005 9 Some important topics touched Causes of poverty using the problem tree analysis – who's why, when and what is way forward? Men prefer female gynecologists but never send their daughters to school- who will become the midwives and gynecologists? Case study of 2003 election in Kuyan Ta Inna(Fulani village in Kumbotso LGA)-Kano Nigeria
    10 : Accra-2005 10 Some crucial HEALTH issues analyzed The hot bath- Wankan Jego-case study followed up by BBC/ gynaecologist came up with a training VVF/ TBAS-traditional birth attendants Multiple circumcision of boys using the same razor Menopause- breaking the culture of silence Too frequent pregnancies and health risks
    11 : Accra-2005 11 ACHIEVEMENT / IMPACT
    12 : Accra-2005 12 Participation of women in world Aids day and other international day celebrations- being able to advocate for improved policies Other results include Electricity in Kumbotso where women used the radio to press on policy makers until they got electricity in their community Govt taking over the running of pre-school in Wudil LGA as a result of advocacy and constant reminder through the radio. School now receives same benefits as government owned schools
    13 : Accra-2005 13 STOP STIGMA! discrimination on PLWHA/PABAS POSITIVE WOMEN SPEAK OUT SIX MONTH POSITVE BABY CUDDLED BY EMIR DURING AN ADVOCACY BY WOFA AND RURAL WOMEN GROUPS IN KANO RURAL WOMEN ADVOCATED FOR IMPROVED ARV DRUGS AND MOTHER TO CHILD PREVENTIVE MEASURES HIV/AIDS REDUCTION! BREAKING THE CULTURE OF SILENCE
    14 : Accra-2005 14 MICRO-CREDIT AND GROUP ACTIVITIES. This promoted and improved decision making power of women at family and community level. Men started negotiating for the sale of their ground with women and discussing business and health matters! Women and community members use the few telephone facilities to make contacts to market their produce Women take photos and video record their income generation activities. Pictures are used by WOFAN for the production of community newsletter in the local language. Like wise, CD copies are made in a documentary form and used for advocacy and training materials at community level and for the policy makers. Plans are on the way to start a typing center for the women and youths with basic primary education- this will assit them master keyboards before computers are introduced to them
    15 : Accra-2005 15 Functional and vocational training of women AND YOUTH GROUPS TRAINED IN ENVIRONMENT CREEDIT MANAGEMENT HEALTH ISSUES/ REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS GOOD GOVERNANCE AND VOTERS RIGHTS USE OF VIDEO/ PHOTOGRAPHY NEWSLETTERS TYPING USING TELEPHONE FOR MARKET INFORMATION AND MARKET OUTLET
    16 : Accra-2005 16 REPRESENTATIVE OF EMIR AT THE GRADUATION OF RURAL WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEO RECORDING PHOTOGRAPHIC STORY TELLING used to compile community newsletters. Women are now making arrangement to have community libraries for their newsletters, video and photographs
    17 : Accra-2005 17 children’s day celebration-2001 Stimulated girl CHILD EDUCATION both for modern and Islamic education in the villages. Girls attend school before going out for hawking. In Kumurya-women are now recognized to form part of PTA and also visit pre-school project once in a month Initially, men stopped their wives from attending antenatal because they didn’t want male gynecologists to attend to their women. Through the radio,it was made clear that if men are not sending the girls to school, there can never be enough female gynecologists to meet the needs of the communities- this has improved attendance and retention rates of girls in some of the LGAS
    18 : Accra-2005 18 CHALLENGES % coverage area is small compared to the entire state- Most media stations are government owned- Capacity building of the groups needs strengthening in editing of video cassettes, typing pool, youths need keyboards that can recognize local language. high cost of GSM cards, and very few telephone boots. local language journals few and not regular. Accessibility of roads, interconnectivity,electricity, CAPACITY BUILDING Poverty bites harder, as such Migration continues
    19 : Accra-2005 19 Factors ensuring sustainability in WOFAN projects Gender issues, women and men are trained to work together for the benefit of their community Peoples project- idea and ownership of the people PIC/PAC and involvement of traditional ,religious and local government officials involved in community issues Documentation and tracking of projects effectively carried out by groups in partnership with WOFAN- Friendly government policy of waiving off schools fees for the girl child up till tertiary level in Kano state. All groups have their leaders and generate their own income Smooth working r/ship between all stakeholders
    20 : Accra-2005 20 FLAG UP –to improve Networking between and within groups to advocate for poverty reduction through improved ICT for peoples development Address issues of HIV/AIDS stigmatization and breaking the culture of silence through the use of improved information and communication strategies Develop a website to capture groups activities, their profile and update to share achievement with others At least 10% of women and youths working with WOFAN to become computer literate and be able to use email and website for their socio-economic activities in the next 2 years Future plan as prioritized with groups
    21 : Accra-2005 21 Communicate effectively & receive feedback Allow groups manage their own development issues ( women and youth centers-involvement from planning to implementation Functional literacy/ICT literacy/Build capacity mobile information for produce marketing , Rural libraries, Improved rural connectivity,transport and postal services, ) Way Forward
    22 : Accra-2005 22 Give rural communities a voice and then lend them a hand (community radios/policy and capacity building should improve in Nigeria) Avoid Tokenistic participation of the rural people
    23 : Accra-2005 23 For every woman living in poverty, there are at least 4-6 hungry children !As such…..
    24 : Accra-2005 24 lets put all hands on deck to ensure that the less privileged in our societies wiggle out of poverty through an improved use and management of ICT for their own development Thank you all

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