Educating and Empowering Vulnerable Women in Nigeria under the WISE Project
Stand Out Results:
Over the life of the WISE project:
Project Title: WISE – Women’s Initiative for Sex Education and Economic Empowerment
Funders: Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) and World Bank (WB)
Budget: $1, 847,429 (JSDF = $1,447,429; WB = $400,000)
Country/Time Frame: Nigeria/2004-2009
The Problem: HIV/AIDS continues to be one of the major public health concerns and disease burdens in Nigeria with approximately 3.4 million people living with the disease. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is disproportionately higher among women – particularly young women – and highest among most-at-risk populations (MARPs) such as sex workers. Low levels of knowledge about HIV/AIDS, poor access to care, and poverty are also major factors that increase women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.
Long-Term Goal of Project: To reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence among vulnerable women in targeted communities.
- Improve women’s reproductive health through education and counseling.
- Economically empower women through vocational/business management training and the provision of startup equipment.
Direct Beneficiaries: 6,000 vulnerable women that include out of school adolescents, street children, child brides and sex workers in the Federal Capital Territory and proximal communities in neighboring states.