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Nameless

Is it possible to conceive, write, edit and publish a book in 5 days? The Heinrich Boll Stiftung Nigeria office brought together some big names in Nigeria to write about the country they know and love so well. They ended up with a book called Nameless. What is Nameless you ask?

“Nameless is a city. A country within borders. Abound less space of ideas. A cosmos with realities, stark and painful, quiet and loud. A space crippled by fears. Nameless is populated. West African. It is in the minds of its people, black and proud. Sometimes Nameless is human. An idea. Sometimes it is in the past. Often times it is the now. Other times, it is the future”.

New Morning - Film Launch

As part of the foundation’s commitment to bringing difficult topics into public attention to start a debate, the Heinrich Böll Foundation had the first public screening of New Morning, a movie about domestic violence.

Singing Against Violence

Apart from being rich, famous, widely successful and being recipients of numerous national and international awards, what could Omawumi, M.I Abaga, Waje and ElDee have in common?

Well, we found out when the four of them came together to sing on one album and lend their voices to the cause of ending violence against women.

Women Taking Charge in Renewable Energy

Power is male in Nigeria, or is it? Who controls the Megawatts and who is adding smart energy solutions that help people improve their lives? Watch and read the story of Ms Happy Amos, who founded a factory for fuel efficient cook stoves, which use much less firewood than the conventional stoves and thus could save precious income of millions of women in Nigeria. It's the story of a determined, female entrepreneur with a passion for women's well being.

WHAT WE DO

The women’s movement in Nigeria is as old as the Igbo Women's War of 1929 when women in the Eastern region turned against their warrant chiefs to protest against planned taxation and attempts to restrict their role in government. Since then, the movement has effected that a National Gender Policy be put in place, but there is still no effective legislation on violence against women or on affirmative action in the Nigerian parliament. Women’s representation in national parliament has dropped below 10 per cent, despite lip service being paid in party manifestos and international support to women candidates. hbs aims to strengthen gender rights by supporting a higher representation of women in state and national politics, and by speaking out against violence against women. We do that through training, publications and online communications in collaboration with activists and partner organisations.

WORLD CUP BRAZIL

We were not invited to the party: Women and the World Cup

Elisangela's story is one among many of women heads of families who live in favelas of Brazilian cities, and who are suffering with the forced removals being carried out give way to World Cup-related construction works. Marilene de Paula tells her story.

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Gender & Climate Change Finance: Double Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development

As women and men have different adaptive and mitigative capabilities, the financing instruments and mechanisms committed to climate change activities in mitigation and adaption need to take these gender-differentiated impacts into account in funds design and operationalization as well as concrete project financing.

By Liane Schalatek

Gender and Climate Change in Nigeria

Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our time with widespread implications for the earth’s ecosystems and human development across sectors. Although gender equality and women’s empowerment are acknowledged pre-requisites for sustainable development, climate change policies neglect these important issues. The Heinrich Böll Foundation commissioned this study to assess the impact of climate change on local communities from a gender perspective as well as make recommendation on how to combat the local consequences (adaptation measures) using the relevant local institutions/agents which also needed to be identified.

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