30 minutes of mentoring with EWEI Founder and Programme Director Safiya Ibn Garba.
As part of EWEI’s continuous service to our community, EWEI Founder and Programme Director Safiya Ibn Garba is offering free 30-minute mentoring sessions to share her experience in local and international organisational development and management as well as expertise in technical areas like monitoring and evaluation, gender and career development.
Please note that mentoring slots are limited and allocated on a first come, first serve basis and priority is given to first-time mentoring requests. Thank you for your time.
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Safiya Ibn Garba has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years with expertise in project management, girls/women’s empowerment, gender, peacebuilding, facilitation and learning. Starting off in her home country Nigeria, Safiya worked extensively within civil society to advance causes for girls and women at both the national and state levels.
Safiya founded Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI), a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide multisectoral interventions for the empowerment and enlightenment of girls and women in 2008, where she is known for her dynamic interpersonal skill and unmatched expertise in mentoring.
In the course of the last decade, Safiya has led a state-level coalition on gender, been a member of the Civil Society Liaison Office (CSOLO) Advisory Committee, of the National Assembly (Nigeria’s highest level law making body), advocated to and worked extensively with state and nonstate actors to promote girl-child education in northern Nigeria through the development of multi-year sector strategies with development partners and continues to champion the fight for equal rights and opportunities in her home country. She also has more than 10 years of experience working in the business sector specifically in events management and information technology alongside her work in the non-profit sector.
Safiya is also the Director of Institutional Learning at Generations For Peace (GFP), Amman Jordan. She started volunteering with GFP in 2008 and has previously served as Pioneer Programmes Officer, Programmes Manager and Lead Facilitator since 2012. Her current duties include overseeing the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Training units where she supports peacebuilding programmes in 51 countries globally.
Safiya has led teams on the ground to deliver 21 peacebuilding programmes in Kaduna, Nigeria engaging adolescent girls, women and youth tackling issues of gender inequality and exclusion, inter-religious and inter-ethic divides and violence and violent extremism.
In 2020, Safiya commenced her doctoral studies with the UN Mandated University of Peace, Costa Rica where her research will focus on peacebuilding efforts leveraging the agency of women in violence affected north-west Nigeria. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World from University for Peace, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Benin, Nigeria.
In 2020, Safiya was awarded a Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship for her contributions to empowering women and gender reconciliation. Safiya also won the Apostle Hayford Alile Humanitarian Award from the prestigious Community and Human Rights Awards 2020 by SITEL CSR in Action.