SHEHU MUSA YAR'ADUA FOUNDATION

DEMOCRACY     NATIONAL UNITY


One Memorial Drive, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria 900211
info@yaraduafoundation.org


The Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation was established by the friends, family and associates of
Shehu Yar'Adua to honour the legacy of one of Nigeria's foremost contemporary leaders and inspire future generations with his life of service.

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Our Vision

A Nigeria united across ethnic and religious divides; committed to justice and democracy.

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Our Mission

To promote national unity, good governance and social justice by creating platforms
to engage citizens, policy makers and stakeholders in national conversations that foster
an inclusive and prosperous Nigeria.

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Our Core Values

Excellence
Integrity
Inclusiveness
Partnership
Accountability

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GENDER JUSTICE

The Foundation’s Gender Justice Programme was established to improve safeguarding for women and vulnerable adults in work and education spaces in Nigeria. The initiative will address power asymmetries that enable gender-based violence in Nigerian institutions and organizations.

The culture of sexual harassment in the work place and on university campuses poses a serious threat to the wellbeing and empowerment of young women in Nigeria. Sexual violence creates unsafe spaces for women, destroys their self-esteem and impedes their personal and professional development. Both men and women are victims of sexual violence; however, women are more susceptible due to an entrenched culture of bias that reinforces existing gender inequalities.

According to the United Nations, at least 2 million Nigerian girls experience sexual abuse annually and only 28 per cent of rape cases are reported. Of those, only 12 per cent result in convictions. The World Bank also highlights forms of gender-based violence as intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual assault, female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation and abuse, child abuse, female infanticide, and child marriage.

Although a growing global wave of feminism has paved the way for women to speak up against gender-based violence, too many Nigerian women are reluctant to participate in this movement. In addition, due to inhibiting factors including stigma, shame and other socio-cultural factors that make disclosure undesirable, occurrences such as “sex for grades” in Nigerian universities remained under-reported.

With support from the Ford Foundation, the Yar’Adua Foundation collaborates with gender rights stakeholders

across Nigeria to promote the establishment of safe spaces for women and inspire young women to embrace gender equality by:

  • Creating platforms for women to report (whistle blowing) and seek justice for incidents of sexual harassment without fear of recrimination.
  • Developing a framework to implement and track safeguarding policies in Nigerian institutions.
  • Empowering Nigerian women to become champions of gender equality.
  • Documenting a knowledge and learning process to strengthen protection and safeguarding advocacy in Nigeria.

Advocacy Campaign

Flashcards were developed and deployed to address issues of sexual violence and injustice. Social media campaigns engaged audiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #GenderAndAccoutability and #GenderParticipationAndProtection.

Additional flashcards were developed and deployed to recognize the role of women in combating COVID-19 and promote the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) portal (https://report.nhrc.gov.ng) for prompt and effective response to reports of domestic violence during the lockdown.

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