WAELE AFRICA Foundation Turns 15:Committed To Years of Humanitarian Service
WAELE AFRICA Foundation Turns 15: Committed To Years of Humanitarian Service
The Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment Foundation in Africa (WAELE AFRICA Foundation) was founded on 8th May 2004 and registered with Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission on 7th September 2004. The organization was structured to meet the yearnings of African women across the continent who believe women should participate more fully in the economic decision making, peace and conflict resolution, management/mediation and governance the African continent. WAELE AFRICA Foundation is currently in 52 African Countries.
In the years under review, WAELE AFRICA Foundation has organized conferences, summits, workshops and empowerment projects for women and widows in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The theme-based summits include: WAELE AFRICA Foundation 3-Day Launching Workshop in West Africa held in Bamako, Mali between 15th and 17th of March 2005. 14 countries participated. The same year, WAELE AFRICA Foundation hosted the Continental Conference on The African Woman in A Contemporary World: Issues on Political & Economic Development. 28 African countries participated and it was held in July 2005 in Abuja.
WAELE AFRICA Foundation, in collaboration with Sudanese Women General Union (SWGU),held a peace summit on Darfur region of Sudan in October 2008 with 15 African countries participating;in July, 2010, a summit on WAELE AFRICA Foundation African Women Emancipation International Conference with 35 African countries and participants from the USA, UK and Australia was held.
Other conferences held are WAELE AFRICA Foundation International Conference on the Struggle of Saharawi Women for Freedomin September 2011. Held in Abuja, 42 countries participated, including delegates from US, UK, Spain, France, Argentina, Lebanon, Holland and Portugal.WAELE AFRICA Foundation in collaboration with National Organization of Saharawi Women also organized: “The Forgotten Plight of Saharawi Women”April 2016at Saharawi Refugee Camp in Tindouf, Algiers with 10 African countries in attendance.
WAELE AFRICA Foundation Summit on African Women Economic Empowerment and Political participation was held from 27th to 28th November 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria; WAELE AFRICAFoundation Tanzania International Peace Summit in Dar- es Salaam, Tanzania from 3rd to 4th November, 2017 with 28 countries participating. As a follow up,an African Women Peace Mission Team was set up to mediate in Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi & Rwanda, DRC& Libya conflicts. The team was led by Ambassador Dr. Gertrude Mongella, Secretary-General, Beijing Conference and former President Pan African Parliament.
In 2017,WAELE AFRICA Foundation provided boreholes alternativesfor places that lack potable water in Ekiti, Ogun, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Abia, Niger, Kwara, Katsina, Kaduna State and FCT.
WAELE AFRICA Foundation’s mission is to uplift women economically, thus it has held empowerment programmesin Akwa Ibom, Borno, Ondo, Abia and Oyo, Benue, Adamawa, Cross River, Enugu, Kebbi and Lagos states. It also extended its humanitarian services to parts of Africa such as: SaharawiTindouf Refugee Camp, Algiers, The Gambia and Malawi. A presentation of relief materials to the women of Plateau State of Nigeria during the ethno- religious crises between the Christians and Muslims of the State on the 9th of July 2004.
Carrying out advocacy and peace missions are one of the important roles ofWAELE AFRICA Foundation. It is on this premise that the organization visited His Excellency, Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania in Dar-Es-Salaam on 11th September 2006 to commend him on the appointment of 16 female Ministers and other women in top decision-making positions. The organization also visited President Omar Al-Bashir to discuss the Darfur issue, as well as issues concerning Sudan and the Republic of Chad. President Omar Al-Bashir promised to continue working towards peace between Sudan and Chad as well as in Darfur Region. As a result of that meeting, the Sudanese border with Chad and Sudanese Embassy in Ndjamena were re-opened. The credit wasgiven to WAELE AFRICAFoundation for the peace mission.
On February 13, 2008, the foundation presented relief materials to the Chadian refugees during the rebel disturbances and also presented relief materials (600 bags of wheat and 100 cartons of milk) to the IDPs in Juba, South Sudan on the 5th February, 2014.
Educating women on their reproductive health and rights, WAELE AFRICA Foundation in 2009, 2010 and 2011 collaborated with IPAS Nigeria to organize capacity building and advocacy training of women in all the six regions of Nigeria. A grassroots sensitization rally was also organized in Offa,Kwara State, Irele in Ondo State and Bida in Niger State and Port Harcourt in River State. More than 4000 women participated.
WAELE AFRICA has attended several conferences in Africa and outside and was part of election monitoring in 2010 in Sudan, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry; Niger and Benin Republic in 2011; Sudan, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso & Benin Republic in 2015 and 2016 and Zimbabwe elections in30th July, 2018. The election was the first post-Mugabe poll to elect the president and members of both Houses of Parliament.
Still continuing her service to humanity, widows were empowered through a selection process of 100 beneficiaries from Kenya, Namibia, Chad, Mauritania, Niger. A total of 500 widows have so far been empowered across Africain 2017.
WAELE AFRICA Foundation organized a 3-day Executive Meeting & International Training On Peace & Conflict Management & Mediation in Abuja on 27th – 28thJuly, 2018 to train its members in peace and conflict management. Following this, the WAELE AFRICA Foundation organized its 8th International Summit On “Peace And Sustainable Development: The Role Of African Women’’ was held from 1st – 3rd November, 2018in Windhoek, Namibia.
While congratulating WAELE AFRICA Foundation on reaching this significant milestone, we look forward to many more years of accomplishmentsof inspiringandupliftingwomen and ensuring that women, who are the face of the world, are given the rightful place they deserve in society.
WAELE AFRICA Foundation also looks forward to organizing future international summits to bring together great minds to discuss salient issues. In 2019,the 9th WAELE AFRICA International Summit will be on The Role Of African Women In Post Conflict Reconstruction: Reconciliation & Rehabilitation in Kigali, Rwanda on 31st Oct – 3rd Nov, 2019.