Strengthening The Social-Economic Status Of Lesbian Bisexual And Queer Women.

WHER Initiative conducted a Psychological Empowerment and Life Skills Building Workshop, and also Planning and Maintaining Small Income Generating Enterprise Workshop from 18th – 24th October 2019 and 26th – 1st November 2019 respectively. The workshop which held in Abuja saw 35 participants in attendance.

The psychological empowerment workshop covered topics on understanding SOGIESC and gender equality, personal and life skills including self-awareness and self-acceptance, negotiation and communication skills, effective time management, stress management, personal development and development of personal vision board. For gaining and maintaining employment, participants were taught on choosing a career path by understanding oneself and personality, understanding job roles and tailoring job search, and dressing for success.

Of the total participants in attendance, there was 78% increase in knowledge gained after the first batch of the workshop and also 89% increase in knowledge gained after the second batch of the workshop as assessed by the pre and post-workshop questionnaires in both workshops.

Improving lives: Empowering Sexual Minority Women in Nigeria

Women’s Health & Equal Rights Initiative [WHER] has kicked off the first part of its ‘Pathways to Empowering Sexual Minority Women in Nigeria’ project with two workshops held in Abuja. The project aims to strengthen sexual minority women by psychologically empowering them and enhancing their capacity to become more financially stable.

Photo caption from the training in Abuja.

The workshops tagged ‘Psychological Empowerment and Leadership/Life-Skills Building Workshop’ were held on the 11th – 13th and 15th – 17th of August 2018 respectively with 45 women (aged 18 – 35) in attendance.

The project was focused on building self-esteem, self-confidence, self- acceptance and learning about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression through interactive training sessions.

Participants also learned about life skills such as negotiation, stress management and interpersonal communication.

Currently, similar workshops are being held in Lagos, and details will be provided at its conclusion.