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Safiya Ibn Garba



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Position and affiliation

Founder and Programme Director Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative and Director of Institutional Learning Generations For Peace



Sector

Civil society

Intragovernmental / international organisation


Work experience

20+ years


Language skills

English



Countries of residence

Jordan


Nigeria



Skills

Applying a gender and/or intersectional feminist perspective

Designing and facilitating trainings and workshops

Moderating/facilitating discussions

Monitoring and evaluating of policies, projects and initiatives

THIS IS MY STORY.

Short bio

Safiya Ibn Garba has more than 22 years’ work experience with expertise in project and event 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.
She 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. Her current duties include overseeing the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Capacity Strengthening and Training (CSAT) units.
Safiya is a member of:
 The International Association of Facilitators and is an Endorsed Facilitator)
 The International Society of Female Professionals as a member
 TheBoardRoom Africa as a member
 OnFrontiers as an Expert
 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African



MY EXPERTISE.

Countries of expertise

Nigeria



Subregions of expertise

Sub-Saharan Africa

Western Africa



Areas of expertise

Conflict prevention, resolution & post-conflict reconstruction

Conflict analysis

Peace education

Sexualised violence in armed conflict

Women, Peace and Security

Youth, Peace and Security


Culture and intercultural dialogue

Development cooperation / international assistance policy / humanitarian aid

Economic development

Education

Human development

Philantrophic organizations and international development

Poverty reduction


Gender and international relations

Gendered understandings of war and peace / feminist peace / feminist security


Good governance

Anti-corruption

Cooperation with civil society / shrinking spaces


Security, technology, and society


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