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Beyond the Stories!

Utilising existing socio-cultural networks, we share not just the struggles but also the triumphs of women in extractive communities while pushing for inclusion and fiscal & social justice.


The SITEI-Woman initiative was launched to tactfully question and reverse norms that have culturally and systematically hampered women’s progress, with especial focus on equity, inclusion, justice and gender-based violence in host communities in Nigeria.

In many countries, women have been largely excluded from the growth and the development opportunities given by extractive industries in communities, while being at the same time disproportionately vulnerable to many of the risks associated with them.

It is a truism that while the extractive industries hold promises for host communities’ progress, they pose more risk than opportunity for women and girls, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, with increased risk for gender-based violence and World Bank statistics pegging the percentage of women who have suffered gender-based violence at a conservative one out of five.

Our activities

The Community Engagement Standards

Through the SITEI-Woman initiative, we drive the adoption of the Community Engagement Standards (CES) – tool for delivering ensure smooth and effective interactions between Oil and  Gas companies and their host communities – which advocates 30% women representation in decision-making.

Approved by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR), the CES was developed through multi-stakeholder engagement across the nine oil-producing states and was presented to government ministries and agencies with a view to adopting the Standards and implementing it through the ministries and agencies.

Access the CES

Things Dey Happen Radio Drama

15-minute 13-part family centred drama series creating awareness on ways to curb gender discrimination and gender-based violence and human rights challenges that women encounter in oil and gas and mining communities.

The radio drama, currently aired in Pidgin (Hausa and Yoruba coming soon), aims to educate women and men – and other gate-keepers of patriarchy – on ways to curb gender discrimination and gender-based violence.


For a world in which 35% of women have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner and as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner, it is shocking that in Nigeria, documentary evidence of this oppression is absent. In the extractives, especially in small-scale mining, where women are adversely impacted by inefficient and poor processing techniques, while there are anecdotal and academic narratives of these effects on the very poor and vulnerable women who operate at the bottom of the cadre, there is hardly visual representation.

The docudrama is a fusion of real-life scenarios and some re-enaction aimed at creating awareness on the plight and challenges of women in the extractives. The documentary also features success stories of outstanding women in the sectors and provides possible solutions to the challenges faced by women in mining.

Coming soon!


    Identify and train select government, community, company, civil society and media personnel on UN and other certified trainings on women security, gender-based violence and human rights best practices.

    The training aims to enlighten and educate companies so that they take intentional steps towards adopting policies that respect human rights.

    Things Dey Happen theme song

    Download the theme song


    Things dey happen eeh
    Things dey happen
    Ah ah eh eh eh eh eh
    Things dey happen oh eh!
    Wetin eye no go see for here o, things dey happen ah ah eh!
    Ah ah eh eh eh eh eh
    Things dey happen oh eh!


    Plenty things wey woman dey face, wey mouth no fit talk.

    Make we come together lift our women higher

    Plenty women struggle for survival, running Helter – Skepta,
    E no easy ah ah ah.
    Things dey happen everywhere.


    Things dey happen eh things dey happen
    (Response) ah ah eh eh eh eh Things dey Happen ooheh!

    Women dey suffer, women dey strive ooo
    (Response) ah ah eh eh eh eh Things dey Happen ooheh!

    Plenty things dey happen everywhere but nobody really really care.
    (Response) ah ah eh eh eh eh Things dey Happen ooheh!

    Things dey happen oh ooh oh things dey happen ah ah eh
    (Response) ah ah eh eh eh eh Things dey Happen ooheh!



    Support /get involved

    With a radio drama, docudrama and several trainings, the SITEI-Woman initiative aims to drive women inclusion and fiscal and social justice.

    Join the initiative

    Principal sponsor



    Spaces for Youth Development - CAHR Awards
    Oku Kosoko Foundation Logo
    Badagry Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BACCIMA)

    GBV Helplines

    The SITEI-Woman initiative highlights the travails of women and young girls around Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and other negative socio-cultural norms in extractive communities.

    Need help with a GBV case? Please contact any of the helplines below

    Name of Service Provider/Organization StateLGA Contact NumberLocal LanguageAvailability
    Our Safe Spaces (OSS)Kaduna08003934000 Hausa24 hours
    A Well-Informed Adolescent InitiativeCross RiverCalabar08092287963
    Adonai Health and Development Foundation (AHADEF)FCTGarki08064260123
    Advocacy For Children’s Right Initiative GombeGombe07057892597
    Aflame International FoundationFCTGarki08091952105
    African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and DevelopmentFCTApo08034210082
    Agape CentreAkwa IbomEket08023009220, 09077777433, 09090000648
    Agape Humanitarian Aid FoundationFCTWuse08069542734
    Allamin Foundation for Peace and DevelopmentBornoMaiduguri07060616795Hausa; Kanuri 8am - 4pm
    Alliances for AfricaImoOwerri08033266707, 08032406596, 08168702759
    Alliances for AfricaImoOwerri08033266707, 08032406596, 08168702759
    APIN Public Health InitiativesBenueMakurdi08036275085
    Arise and Stand Firm Development InitiativeFCTCentral Business District08035982222
    Arise and Stand Firm Development Initiative
    FCTCentral Business District08035982222
    Asher Entertainment WorldKogi07038162083
    Association Against Women Export (AAWE)
    EdoBenin City08083893466
    Awyetu SARCFCTBwari09134668737, 08036292527, 08120806260
    BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights
    FCTBwari 08101700009, 08077498528
    Bazarab Educational Foundation
    Bell Support FoundationBornoMaiduguri07033095660Hausa; Kanuri
    Better Days InitiativeEdo08137701982
    Borno Women Development Initiative BornoMaiduguri Konduga Bama Gwoza Pulka08031230399Hausa; Kanuri;
    Boys2 Men ProjectLagosAjah07036518229
    BraveHeart Initiative for Youth and WomenEdoIgarra07033733538, 07061910869, 07036354788
    Bridges for Global Healthcare Networks and Population ScienceNasarawaKaru 08051565481
    Bwari Rehabilitation CentreFCTGarki08036412442
    Campus Health and Rights InitiativeOsunIle-Ife08101109909, 08104760640
    Caring Hearts Initiative for Advocacy Development and Empowerment (CHIADE)EdoBenin City08183845003
    Caritas NigeriaEnuguEnugu07088712335
    Celade Community Health and Empowerment InitiativeFCTLokogoma08169876433
    Centre for study and Resolution of Domestic Violence KadunaIgabi08034466588, 08024995916
    Chabash Development and Health InitiativeBornoKonduga
    09063163075Hausa; Kanuri; Bura
    Child and Youth Protection Foundation
    FCTLugbe0906918165, 08131577877
    Child Rights Brigade
    Children And Young People Living For Peace (CYPLP)
    Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society (CWEENS)PlateauJos08065340589
    Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society (CWEENS)
    Clement-Gloria Foundation
    Committed Women for Health and Right Initiative (CoWHRI)
    Community-based Initiatives for a Brighter Tomorrow (CIBT)Edo08060133439
    Concern for Women and Children Development FoundationBornoJere07061223805Hausa; Kanuri; Bura8am - 4pm
    Mondays -
    CORA AfricaCross RiverOgoja07033950090
    Daughters of Abraham FoundationFCTkado08033144943
    Dorothy Njemanze Foundation FCTGaduwa07053126531, 08173259363, 07035085658, 08035523954
    Dream Alive Alpha Africa FoundationFCTKatampe08039516300
    EBONYI BROADCASTING CORPORATIONEbonyiAbakaliki08037102384, 08051169633
    EDNA GirlChild FoundationKebbiDongo08132802461, 07032867984
    Edo Women’s Development Initiative (EWDI)
    Education as a Vaccine (EVA)FCTJahi09096289694
    El-Kanemi Memorial
    BornoMaiduguri08060262928Hausa; Kanuri; Kanumbu
    El-meela Heritage Support foundation (elmhsf)
    Enhancing Communities Action for Peace and Better Health Initiative (e-CAPH)
    Enugu State Government Tamar SARCEnuguEnugu08060084441, 07032567458
    Family at Heart Initiative (FAHI)FCT08065714847
    FCTA SDS. HIV/AIDS UnitAll States08036542507English
    FCTA SDS. HIV/AIDS UnitFCTGarki08036542507
    Flame of Hope
    Plateau Jos07062822822
    Gashau SARCYobeGashua08024371185
    Geidam SARCYobeGeidam07039662660
    Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction InitiativeBenueMakurdi07039039528
    Gender Equality, Peace and Development CentreBornoMaiduguri Maisandari08004372326Hausa8am - 5pm
    Gender Mobile InitiativeFCTCentral Business District08150891840
    Gender Mobile InitiativeFCTCentral Business District08150891840
    Genius Hub Global Initiative
    Lagos08022303950, 08183109822
    Girl Pride Circle InitiativeLagosIganmu08134017270
    Girls 4 Leadership InitiativeLagosIjanikin08092563578
    Girls Voices InitiativeFCTKado09029000609
    Girls Voices InitiativeFCTKado09029000609
    Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) National Liaison Office,NigeriaFCTKubwa08143089095
    Global Peace Development AdamawaYola North 09069286389Hausa; Fulfulde; Marghi; Bachama
    Global Peace DevelopmentAdamawaYola09034589999
    Global RightsAll States08118884144, 08149171224English
    Godslight Helpinghand Ministry Inc.Imo08062756575
    Grassroots Enterprenuership Skills Acquisition Initiative(GESA)FCTBwari09050887869
    Grassroots Lifesaving Outreach (LESGO) AdamawaGirie, Mubi North, Mubi South
    07066903797Hausa; Fulfulde; Marghi
    Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE)BornoMaiduguri07033854498Hausa; Kanuri9am - 6pm,
    [email protected]
    Grow strong FoundationBornoMaiduguri Gwoza Bama08034045995Hausa; Kanuri; Fulfulde; Shuwa
    Hadassah’s Cradle
    Haminat Are
    Health Matters IncLagosEbute Meta08033044261
    Health Matters IncLagosEbute Meta08033044261
    Healthy Living and Women Empowerment InitiativeLagos Egbeda08037211047
    Heartland Alliance NigeriaFCTGwarinpa09087849263
    Helen Asimegbe Foundation
    Hope and Rural Aid FoundationAdamawaYola South 07068224788Hausa; Fulfulde
    Hope Centre 1AdamawaYola07068339913, 08069710461
    Hope Centre 2AdamawaNuman07035082504
    Hope Finders NigeriaFCTKaru08180744237
    Hospital Management Board, Abuja
    Idera CentreLagosIgando08035935086
    Indomitable Youths Organization (IYO)Edo08026233860, 08052735427, 08032466797
    Initiative for Gender Equality and Advancement (IGEA)Edo08137841633
    Initiative for Grass Root Advancement in Nigeria (INGRA)KogiLokoja08033177259
    International Federation
    BornoMaiduguri08066101127Hausa; Kanuri; Bura8am - 9pm
    Mondays -
    International Federation of Women Laywers (FIDA)All States07088496115English
    International Foundation for the AgedFCTWuse08065974444, 09054269445
    International Rescue CommitteeAdamawa, Borno, YobeMichika
    Mubi, Maiduguri Konduga, Monguno, Magumeri Gwoza, Damaturu
    08001111222Hausa; Kanuri; Fulfulde9am - 5pm. Email is 24hours
    Invictus Africa FCT09019101011
    Inyeaka FoundationFCTWuye08132508938
    Isa Wali Empowerment InitiativeKanoKano08094790000
    Jeanoch Tidal Gates Foundation
    Jigawa SARCJigawaDutse09033035588, 08069444225
    Justice and Empowerment Initiatives NigeriaRiversPort Harcourt08055221741
    KANTAREnuguNew Haven08134265730
    Kids and Teens Resources CentreOndoAkure08035077737, 08035606915
    Kuje General Hospital, AbujaFCTKuje08036019853
    Kwali Teaching HospitalFCTKwali08023512073
    Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response TeamLagosIkeja08000333333, 08137960048
    Lawyers AlertFCTGudu08099937318
    Learning Through Skills
    Acquisition Initiative
    BornoKondunga Jere Maiduguri08134593569Hausa; Kanuri; Shuwa
    Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women
    Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAPLagosLekki08163229276
    Legislative Advocacy Coalition of Violence Against WomenFCTNational Assembly Complex08095037035
    Lets Talk FoundationFCTLokogoma09077120776
    Lilian Ike Foundation
    Living Hope for Girls and Women Foundation
    Marrietta Aids Relief Foundation Nasarawa08062844392
    Media Concern Initiative (MediaCon)Lagos08099522487, 08058207164
    Mikailu Peculiar FoundationTaraba07063079252
    Mind Farm Development InitiativeOndo Akure08108022165
    Ministry of Human Affairs and Social Development, JigawaJigawaDutse08036091611
    Ministry of Human Services & Social Development, Kaduna
    Ministry of Women AffairsCross River08035515286
    Ministry of Women Affairs & Child Development
    Ministry of Women Affairs & Child DevelopmentTaraba08069311893
    Ministry of Women Affairs and Social DevelopmentKebbiBirnin Kebbi08034258081
    Ministry of Women
    Affairs Yobe State
    Ministry of Women Affairs, Akwa IbomAkwa Ibom08038702752
    Ministry of Women and Children AffairsBayelsa07039053771
    Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, SokotoSokotoSokoto08035918662
    Mirabel CentreLagosIkeja08187243468, 08155770000, 07013491769
    Moneyline with Nancy
    Moremi CentreEkitiAdo-Ekiti07050752287, 07039786904
    Nana Khadija CentreSokotoSokoto07042274748, 07042001983, 09041625256
    National Council of
    Women Societies
    Yobe08066119980Hausa; Kanuri; Shuwa
    National Human Rights CommissionAll States0800 647 2428, 08114641183, 08038023017, 08006472428English
    National Human Rights CommissionFCT08006472428, 08114641183
    Nelewa CentreBornoMaiduguri08028982947, 08161838555
    Nguru SARCYobeNguru08130048911
    Nigeria Police Force
    Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, FCT CommandFCTWuse08037875949
    Nigeria Youth Foundation
    Nigerian Girls Guide AssociationGombeGombe09031352057, 08169286857
    North East Youth Initiative for Development (NEYIF)Yobe07061261238Hausa; Kanuri; Marghi; Shuwa8am - 6pm
    Norwegian Church AidBornoMaiduguri09070787688Hausa; Kanuri; Marghi;
    9am - 5pm
    Ntasi CentreAnambraNjikoka09066916915, 09049224086, 08066306402
    Ntezi People’s ForumAnambra08162426418
    Ochi Women and Children FoundationFCTLugbe07067721491, 08036148205
    Ogedegede Community Development Foundation
    FCTCentral area09015944321
    Onelife Initiative for Human Development
    Osun State Ministry of Women AffairsOsunOsogbo08035605596, 08033836201
    Population CouncilFCTUtako08172289858
    Potiskum SARCYobe08025887545
    Progressive ForumTarabaJalingo07063298230
    Progressive Forum Mayodassa
    Rayuwa CentreNigerMinna07030735333, 07038991160, 08188107782
    Rayuwa Centre- Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC)Niger08035969476
    Red Eyes InitiativeRiversPortharcourt08037660826
    Royal Heritage Health Foundation (RHHF) AdamawaMubi08000002020Hausa; Kanuri;
    Fulfulde; Shuwa; Karekare and Bolewa
    Royal Heritage Health Foundation (RHHF) BornoMaiduguri08000002020Hausa; Kanuri; Fulfulde; Shuwa; Karekare and Bolewa
    Royal Heritage Health Foundation (RHHF) YobePotiskum08000002020Hausa; Kanuri; Fulfulde; Shuwa; Karekare and Bolewa
    Salama Sexual Assaut Referral Centre 1KadunaKakuri08033837025, 08092049888, 09029991140
    Salama Sexual Assaut Referral Centre 2KadunaTundun Wada09011578622, 08063968541, 08024440733
    Salama Sexual Assaut Referral Centre 3KadunaZaira08093314800, 08093314855, 08093314844
    Salama Sexual Assaut Referral Centre 4KadunaKafanchan09061503384, 09067528082, 09032488802
    Save the Children International BornoKondunga Jere Magumeri08065348777Hausa
    Sexual Assault Referral Centre, GusauZamfaraGusau08035577891, 08067816263, 08037355396
    Sexual Assault Referral Centre, IlorinKwaraIlorin08033580150, 08060697833, 08034997673
    Sexual Offences Awareness & Response (SOAR) InitiativeFCTDurumi08179080655, 08176309842
    Shehu Musa Yar’Adua FoundationFCTCentral business district07031851698
    Shifa CentreYobeDamaturu07035140037
    Soar Initiative
    Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse (SOTHAWACA)Edo08038345790, 08074403088, 08091728363
    Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse (SOTHAWACA)FCT08038345790, 08074403088, 08091728363
    SOS Children's Villages BornoMaiduguri Bolori 2 08127001146Hausa; Kanuri
    Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER)FCTWuse08095967000, 08130320270
    Street ChildBornoMaiduguri
    07080611160Hausa; Kanuri6am - 8pm
    Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI)FCT07030000000
    Taimako Community Development Initiative YobeDamaturu08032473668Hausa; Kanuri; Bura
    TechHer NG
    Teenage NetworkFCTKado07033167515
    The Basileia Vulnerable Persons Rights InitiativeKadunaZaira08065450817
    The Cece Yara Child Advocacy CentreFCTWuse08008008001, 07007007001, 09085692612
    The Cece Yara Child Advocacy CentreLagosSomolu08008008001, 07007007001, 09085692612
    The Consent Workshop
    FCT+1(647)784-3214, 0817 311 2307
    The Core CompatriotsTarabaJalingo07080932344
    The HUG PlaceOyoIbadan07014339762
    The Spring CentreOgunAbeokuta08113931752, 08034268616
    Town Crier Initiative AfricaEnuguEnugu08083501880
    Treasure House Childrens’ ClubEkitiAdo Ekiti0806380272
    United Nations Children’s Fund
    Value Female NetworkOsunOsogbo08134730893
    VILLAGE DEBBO CARE INITIATIVE (VDCare)KadunaKaduna09033933542
    Vision Spring InitiativeLagosIkorodu08020000000, 09136103643
    Vivian CentreEdoBenin City08002002020, 07046055026, 08054461139
    WACOL Tamar SARC Ulo Umunwanyi (The Women House)
    EnuguEnugu09091333000, 09060002128, 09092777000
    Waraka SARC
    KanoKano09028944933, 09030424123, 08065340578
    White Edge InitiativeYobeDamaturu07932071744Hausa9am - 3pm
    Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)
    All States08055951858English
    Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)FCTUtako08055951858
    Women AfricaFCTKubwa08056583492, 07039210978
    Women AfricaFCTKubwa08056583492, 07039210978
    Women AID Collective (WACOL)
    EnuguEnugu08136836588, 09060002128
    Women AID Collective (WACOL)EnuguEnugu08136836588, 09060002128
    Women AID Collective (WACOL)
    EnuguEnugu08136836588, 09060002128
    Women and Children of InspirationLagosAlimosho08037193376
    Women and Girl-Child Capabilities and Empowerment OrganizationFCTWuse07086944911
    Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF)LagosYaba08092100009
    Women Children Comfort PlusBauchiBauchi08060109748
    Women Friendly Initiative (WFI)FCT08033570444
    Women Law and Development Initiative (WOLDI) AfricaFCT07041555503
    Women Safe House Sustenance InitiativOyoIbadan08121133399, 07069249076
    Women’s Health and Equal Rights (WHER) InitiativeFCTGwarimpa09090000000, 08186457675
    Women’s International League For Peace and Freedom Nigeria (WILPF Nigeria)AbujaJabi 08032793882, 08034905202
    Working Fingers International InitiativeDeltaAsaba08127275373
    Working Fingers International InitiativeDeltaAsaba08127275373
    Wuse General Hospital, AbujaFCTWuse07063342040
    Yagazie FoundationFCTLokogoma08039148064
    YAHI Foundation
    Young Men’s Network Against Gender Based ViolenceFCT0803 670 2021
    Young Men’s Network Against Gender Based ViolenceFCT08036702021
    Young Men’s Network Against Gender Based ViolenceFCT08036702021
    Youth Alive FoundationFCTJabi08188885005, 07031245036
    Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA)Cross RiverObudu07069670369
    Youth Initiative for Health Environment and Community DevelopmentEbonyi08059336955
    ZAMANI FOUNDATIONZamfaraGusau08035577891, 08067816263, 08037355396
    Zireenza support FoundationAdamawaMichika09062144279Hausa; Higgi