About Us

The Organisation

The Absolute Woman Empowerment Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organisation set up for empowering financially disadvantaged women and women disadvantaged by circumstances (internally displaced women, victims of war, domestic and social abuse) between the ages of 18 and 45 in West Africa with the aim of reducing poverty, achieving shared prosperity while building resilience.

Who We Are

The Absolute Woman Empowerment Initiative was conceptualized by eight (8) African women with a burning desire to see disadvantaged women actualize their potential and live above the poverty line. AWEI is led by women who are passionate about International Development and Women Empowerment. These women are sympathetic to females not living a wholesome life, and is subject to the vagaries of life. They believe that most of the issues faced by disadvantaged women can be addressed and reduced to the barest minimum if women are financially included and empowered. Their collective alignment includes contributing their quota to ensure that these disadvantaged women live up to their full potentials.

Our Vision

The Vision of the NGO is to empower disadvantaged women (financially disadvantaged and disadvantaged by circumstances) thereby laying a foundation for empowering future generations. There is a saying that ’’when you empower a man, you empower just one person, when you empower a woman, you empower generations.”

Brief Background

Nigeria has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty in the world. Nearly 50% of the population endures extreme poverty and hunger. According to the EFINA report for 2019, 60% of Nigeria’s population are still financially excluded, of which 36% are women. Female financial exclusion in Nigeria is majorly attributed to lower levels of income and education which is in turn influenced by factors such as early marriages, religion etc..

The 2019 National Statistics Domestic Violence Factsheets by National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV) indicates that; 1 in 4 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, 1 in 7 women have been injured by an intimate partner (compared with 1 in 25 men), 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner and 1 in 4 women have been victims of severe physical violence (i.e., beating, burning, strangling). This means that women around the world are still not free from abuse and domestic violence.

In addition to being victims of intimate partner violence, women and girls are also collateral damage from war and local conflict incidents. In Nigeria, at least 8,000 women (girls inclusive) have either been kidnapped, raped, or lost their homestead (becoming Internally displaced) and killed between 2011 and 2021. These data suggest a grim reality for women in Africa and worldwide.

Women who are financially disadvantaged are more likely to suffer more from a myriad of problems including but not limited to domestic violence, maternal mortality, extreme poverty and unstable sources of income; these problems would have been addressed or minimized if more women were financially literate, financially Included and empowered.

The Absolute Women Empowerment Initiative is strategically placed to provide succor for Africa’s marginalized women, giving much needed hope where it is lost.

Board of Trustees

Advisory Board