Gender Hub is a free online resource that aims to strengthen the cadre of gender expertise and its application in Nigeria. It has the following aims:
- Promote a ‘culture of evidence’ will build local capacity to generate and apply evidence on issues relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Improve the quality of communication, campaigns, decision-making, and action to trigger change in social norms.
- Enrich the work of networks and coalitions, and build communities of practice and strengthen their understanding of issues relating to the enabling environment.
While is does not specifically aim to inform the world about gender issues in a Nigerian context, the platform will nonetheless provide a window for outsiders to gain more of a contextualised understanding of the gender dimensions of development in this context.
The platform will primarily operate to promote the work of others and provide increased access and availability of information on gender issues in Nigeria. In practice this means:
- Easier ways for gender experts, researchers and policymakers to interact and, hence, build communities of practice on issues relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Stronger channels through which V4C, the Government of Nigeria, donors, other development partners and civil society organisations may showcase good practices on issues relating to gender equality.
- Greater opportunities to strengthen capacity of researchers on issues relating to gender equality and the enabling environment – and the capacity of policymakers and civil society to use evidence to inform policy.
- Openness wherever possible – we not only aim to highlight openly available materials but also use open-source code to build and manage the service itself
Who should use it
Our intention is that primary users of Gender Hub should include gender experts within and beyond Nigeria including: feminist academics, women’s rights activists, men’s network convenors, researchers, programme staff, girls’ mentors, gender-focal points within Government agencies, project workers, journalists and media workers.
Who is behind it
Gender Hub is a service developed through the Voices for Change, Nigeria (V4C) programme, funded by UKAID. The editorial team is currently divided between V4C in Abuja and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), in the UK.
Thanks to the following additional contributors who have each played important roles:
Very Own Studio (web design), Studio Smith (web development), Undistraction (web design and web development), Matters of the Earth (e-learning design), Hazel Reeves, Charmaine Pereira, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (e-learning advisors), Angela De Prairie (e-learning research and summary management), Mattieu, Grace, Arpita (summary production).