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.