Who We are - about us
VISION STATEMENT: Our vision is a Kogi state where women from all social backgrounds collaborate to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of each other.
MISSION STATEMENT: To stimulate the growth of Kogi state by empowering women to become active, involved and powerful change agents.
The objectives of KOWEN are:
- To foster unity amongst Kogi Women.
- To improve the overall health status of Kogi Women
- To encourage women economic empowerment through capacity building and assisting them to establish sustainable income generation activities.
- To encourage active participation of women in governance.
KOWEN’s projects are selected after extensive research conducted at the grassroots that combine value chain analysis with the exploration of the social benefits of economic activity. The choice of KOWEN’s activities are guided by the need to achieve verifiable results in the short term and promote reform that can sustain service delivery in the long run while complementing on-going efforts by the Kogi state government and other development partners.
KOWEN delivers its projects through grassroots coordinators. The coordinators conduct community based needs assessment in their communities and also provide follow –up monitoring of the projects that is vital to the success of the projects.
KOWEN believes that responding to community identified needs with accessible technologies will bring about sustainable long term change for families that will set a positive example that can be replicated by other communities.
To guarantee continuity, KOWEN plans to finance its projects from a revolving fund. Initially, the fund will draw on donor funds. This initial dependence on donor funds will be gradually phased out as the project becomes more self-sufficient. To achieve this aim, we will balance investments between the organisation’s social portfolio (i.e. health projects) and productive segments (i.e. economic empowerment projects)
Ultimately, KOWEN’s projects will contribute significantly towards:
1) The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by increasing avenues of job creation through the establishment of small businesses in the rural areas;
2) Improving the health status of mothers and children in Kogi state as a result of increased knowledge of health, hygiene, nutrition and the importance of accessing health care.
3) Adequate representation of women in positions of authority.
The chairperson of KOWEN is H.E Hajiya Halima Wada, the First Lady of Kogi State of Nigeria. A product of Holy Rosary College, Hajiya Halima is an economics graduate of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University of Zaria. She also has a Masters degree in banking and finance.
The chairperson started her career as a secondary school teacher in the 1970s’ before progressing to banking. Her banking career spanned over a decade and she held several senior management positions before resigning to pursue business interests in farming and food service sectors.
She was the recipient of the CBN Best Farmer Award in the year 2000 and has been actively involved in the affairs of many NGOs most notably, the African Women Agribusiness Network (AWAN) and the Igala Women Association (IGWA).
The other members of the KOWEN’s board of trustees are:
Chief Mrs. Mary Okpanachi Mrs Tokunbo Awoniyi
Haj. Laruba Ame-Adaji Chief Mrs. Orebiyi
Haj. Fatima Ogohi Haj. Aisha Isah Musa
Mrs Mary Okino Chief (Mrs) Mary Anibe
Haj. Hadiza Attah