Leader Spotlight: Busayo Obisakin of Women Inspiration Development Center

I grew up in an environment where women were regarded as less than nothing. Now I support female victims of violence.

Q: Where do you live?

A. Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. Women Inspiration Development Center is committed to advancing women’s rights. We create a safe place for victims of gender-based violence and help disenfranchised women and girls to develop their agency in order to improve their health, economic, and social status, so they can have fulfilling lives free of violence. We believe in the inherent potential and ability of every woman to overcome obstacles, take control of her life, emerge confident and strong, and make meaningful contributions to her society.

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Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. My one piece of advice is that having an organization, especially an NGO, entails a formidable vision of what you set to achieve and the kind of passion to forge ahead against all odds. You have to be completely passionate and committed to your vision, so you will not throw in the towel in the face of challenges and intimidations.

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Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. Women Inspiration Development Center works with IMAGINE to facilitate Human Agency based Empowerment Workshops for disenfranchised women and girls in Nigeria. We work mostly with women and girls that are facing gender-based violence. This workshop helps participants to find their voices, discovering their powers and ready to live their dreams. Participants after this workshop expressed high levels of agency and hope for the future which resulted in improvements in their income, health and relationships.

To scale this initiative IMAGINE in Nigeria, WIDC is planning to have “Delivery Agency Center” where NGOs working with women and girls from any part of Nigeria and neighboring countries could be invited for agency Empowerment Workshop training. We will be targeting 10 NGOs working with women and girls every year and after their training, they will organize the empowerment workshops for 10,000 women and girls in their network.

Imagine 10,000 women and girls claiming their economic power yearly! The ripple effect after five years will be unimaginable!

Support us in any little way you can, share us with your network and you can be mentors for these women and girls. You can donate on our fundraising page in Global Giving through this link.

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Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. My mother is greatest female influence in my life. When my father died we were both driven away from our home to the street with my six siblings because she refused to be passed to another man in the family. For 15 years were both struggling to feed ourselves and to raise my siblings. This experience bonded us together to always encourage one another.

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Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.

A. I want to share with other women around the world that no matter the challenges they are facing, they must hold onto their dreams. It has been my childhood dream to help victims of gender-based violence because I grew up in an environment where women are regarded as less than nothing. When my father died suddenly and we found ourselves in the street, it was tough. It was difficult, but my dream to go to school and be empowered to help others was always with me. During the many days we went to sleep hungry, I kept on telling myself that I would be great in life and that I was going to help many other women and girls not have to face what we faced. That is what I am doing now.

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Connect with Busayo and Women Inspiration Development Center through their Global Giving page!

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