About the Network

How it started

The Women in Humanitarian Response in Nigeria Initiative (WiHRiN) is a network of over 90 women leaders and women-headed NGOs involved in humanitarian response in Nigeria. It was formed by consensus by several women led NGOs during the grand bargain localization work stream mission to Nigeria in April 2019 and launched on 13th September 2019 in Abuja.

Our Vision And Mission

Why we do what we do

WiHRiNI’s vision is a Nigeria with strong women-led non-governmental organizations which work across the triple nexus of humanitarian, development and peace work and catalyze a new era for women empowerment and engagement nationally and internationally.

Our mission is to ensure each of our members have the support network they need to fully implement their mission and grow as strong vibrant organizations.

Our objectives include:

  • To serve as a platform for women led/headed CSOs providing humanitarian interventions
  • To provide effective humanitarian response coordination and promote collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • To build and enhance capacity of women led/headed Civil Society Organisations for effective and efficient response to humanitarian interventions
  • To engage in research findings for informed data provision for productive advocacy and programming.

WiHRiNI is a steering committee member of the Feminist Humanitarian Network; a member-based network of grassroots and national Women’s Rights Organisations (WROs) working in the Global South, regional networks, international NGOs, and individuals working to strengthen the agency and amplify the voices of women in emergencies, and to transform the humanitarian system into one that is guided by feminist principles.

Where We Work

Our office is in the Federal Capital Territory however, we implement projects across the 36 States of Nigeria including the FCT. Our primary target beneficiaries are local women led organizations while other beneficiaries include women and girls.

Our Passion

Our passion is to drive the localization process by supporting women led organizations with the technical capacity to implement projects in order to meet local community needs as issues of women in humanitarian architecture remains a concern. If local women and women-led organizations are not supported to lead within localization processes there is the risk that the needs of communities will not be met, and that their exclusion will reinforce structural inequalities. 

The Team Members

Board Members

Prof. Patricia Donli
Ms. Mimidoo Achakpa
– Network Coordinator
Ms. Bridget Osakwe
Hajiya Hamsatu Allamin
Ms. Emem Jeremiah Okon
Ms. Asmau Adamu
Ms. Elizabeth Jeiyol
Ms. Nkese Maria Udongwo
– National Secretary
Ms. Asmau Adamu

Our Partners