The WPHF will empower CSOs to work more closely with the national women’s machinery to ensure that the rights and issues of Nigerian women are well integrated into humanitarian action.

The Added Value of the WPHF

In Nigeria, the WPHF aims to support CSOs to strengthen local women’s involvement in conflict prevention, improve policy coherence and coordination between key actors, and enhance women’s meaningful participation in decision making at all levels of the country’s peace and security sector.


Women in Nigeria face a wide range of volatile security challenges. The Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country has resulted in a drastic increase in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs), creating a dire need for urgent humanitarian action. Although the Nigerian government has made countering Boko Haram one of its main priorities, more than 1.4 million civilians—the majority of whom are women and girls—have been internally displaced.

The Issue

The activities of Boko Haram have resulted in an attendant rise in sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) across the country. SGBV is widespread among female lDP’s at various camps and within host communities. Sexual exploitation and abuse against women and girls is systemic across the country. Women and girls in Nigeria lack access to comprehensive response services to meet their needs, such as in the areas of psychosocial, health, justice, security, and economic empowerment.

Complementarities & Partnerships

Nigeria’s current initiatives on women, peace and security (WPS) is led by an existing steering mechanism, which comprises a network of CSOs, UN agencies, and government ministries. The WPHF will leverage and build upon this existing platform, empowering CSOs to work more closely with the national women’s machinery at federal and State levels to ensure that the rights and issues of women are well integrated into humanitarian action.

The WPHF will enable CSOs to participate and influence the efforts of NEMA and State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA) in relevant states to more effectively coordinate gender sensitive responses to situations of conflict.

In Nigeria, the WPHF will specifically focus on:

  1. Supporting women in situations of conflict to participate more effectively in service delivery and leadership positions in camps, while ensuring coordination platforms, mechanisms, processes and tools in humanitarian settings are gender-responsive.
  2. Providing technical support for the ongoing efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the enhanced formulation and implementation of a gender-sensitive disaster management policy framework in Nigeria.

Funding Needs

$2,000,000 over 2 years

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