WHAT WE DO
Every day, women and girls throughout the world and from all walks of life face humiliation, discrimination and violence in the home front, in schools and in the workplace. Most often, these acts against humanity go unnoticed, unreported and the victims of violence are forced to handle their plight all on their own while their abusers go scot-free.
About 246 million children (UNGEI) experience violence within and around school every year. This impacts negatively on the academic performance of children, leads to absenteeism, lower academic outcomes and higher drop-out rates.
Although, in about five years’ time, we may be able to travel to the office in driverless vehicles, let our fridges order groceries for us and have robots in the classroom. However, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017 it will take about a hundred (100) years before we achieve gender equality in healthcare, education, economics and politics. It will also take about 217 years to close the gender gap in the workplace.
How can we allow this to be, that although the world is making such giant leaps forward in many areas, most especially in technology, yet, when it comes to gender equality, it is falling backwards?
To assist close the above gaps, Tulips International Foundation (TIF) is campaigning against all forms of violence against women and girls in the homefront, in schools and in the workplace with the aim of bridging the gap in gender equality in Nigeria, Africa and other parts of the world.
1. To empower girls and Women.
2. Increase women’s socio-economic empowerment and equal opportunities
3. Increase access to finance and business support for women-led businesses
4. Increased access to employment opportunities and skills for women and girls
5. Improved access to services (financial and non-financial)
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING
TIF views women and girls empowerment as a strategy towards increasing the political, and socio- economic strength of women-led organizations, communities and other beneficiaries to enable them have equal access to decision-making processes; information and resources; a range of options to make choices; develop ability to learn new skills; and to influence the direction of social change within their communities.
Capacity development will include:
1– Human capacity development as a process of educating, training and equipping women and girls with the skills and access to information, knowledge and experiences to increase performance;
2- Organizational development as a strategy to streamline management structures, strengthen internal processes and procedures, develop or improve policies and programs and develop a network of donors.
3- Build partnerships as a strategy where member organizations willingly come together formally or informally to achieve a common purpose. TIF will support activities and institutions that contribute to the achievement of its strategic objective.
4- Extending small grants to women and girls to improve women’s access to economic empowerment
Mainstreaming a gender perspective is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels (EIGE,2018). It is a strategic tool for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring/evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated with the ultimate goal of achieving gender equality.
Pat of our vision is that women and girls of any socioeconomic status will enjoy the same rights and opportunities to access finance and assets, participate fully and effectively in decision-making processes affecting their lives, establish and lead businesses, enjoy equal and safe access to all public services and shared resources.
TIF will integrate various approaches to effectively address them in total. Some of these challenges include lack of access to improved healthcare delivery, poverty, gender inequality,lack of access to amongst other things.
i) increasing the number of projects which support the promotion of gender equality; and
ii) Promoting through advocacy and policy dialogue an enabling environment that is conducive to greater equality of economic opportunities.
iii) Economic inclusion and the opening up of economic opportunities to those previously undeserved
OUR STRATEGIC APPROACHES
o The challenges facing women and girls are diverse in nature. There is therefore the need to effectively and holistically address them. TIF assesses these problems that (women and girls in a holistic manner as a means of addressing them in total not in a fragmented manner.
DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN NETWORKS
A fundamental component of our work is to ensure the provision of networks for women and girls to enable them connect with other women and girls on key issues and to support each other for collective change. To this end Tulips Women’s Network has been established to bring together women to collaborate, leran and share their experiences.
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY RESPONSE DEVELOPMENT
TIF considers community response and voluntary participation a vital tool towards engaging beneficiaries, network members and other stakeholders into the process of solving their own challenges and the problems of their communities.
TIF will partner with organizations that are involved in volunteer and intern placement to tap their expertise and experience so as to reinforce the existing mass of volunteers and facilitating their work in kind.
DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN NETWORKS
A fundamental component of our work is to ensure the provision of networks for women and girls to enable them connect with other women and girls on key issues and to support each other for collective change. To this end Tulips Womens’ Network has been established to bring together women to collaborate, leran and share their experiences.