Emotional and financial support for children is essential for upward social mobility, but evidence shows that boys receive more support and benefits than girls in developing African regions.
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"Ibaan Ifiọk" pronounced [ee-ban-ih-fih-yok] is Ibibio for "women of wisdom"
From the beginning of time, women in Africa have been the pillars of their communities and society at large. African women serve as the reservoir of knowledge for their communities ultimately bridging gaps between home and marketplace, between cities and villages and between past histories and future lives. They are the heartbeat of the society-the pivot on which it balances, rotates and evolves. The state of Africa depends solely on the state of its women. Research has shown that an investment in the lives of women and girls, is an investment in the future of the human race. As such, programs that focus and engage young girls to be empowered is essential for efforts to improve their lives now and in the future.
Hence, Iban Ifiok was founded.
We are a community and safe space for girls ages 12-19 years old.
"Exposure to female community leaders, professionals and other successful role models improves everyone’s perceptions of women and weakens gender stereotypes about roles and norms."
The mission of Iban Ifiok is to enlighten girls on their significance in society and show them their potential for absolute greatness while infusing the essence of community- a major characteristic of African culture. We inspire, motivate, and support African girls.
"Healthy, educated girls with equal access to opportunities can grow into strong, smart women who can take on leadership roles in their countries."
Our vision is to improve the livelihood of Africans by cultivating QUEENS one girl at a time.
A queen is a woman of substance. Rather than sit and wait to be praised, she uses her gifts and talents to improve her community. Through our free empowerment workshops and community outreach programs we cultivate queens who will grow to build their communities in the future.
Our Queens are:
“I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANOTHER WORKSHOP THAT CAN EQUIP THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN A VERY GOOD WAY AND I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO REALLY LOOK AND BEHAVE LIKE A QUEEN. I WISH I COULD BE HERE NEXT TIME"
“I WOULD LIKE FOR MORE QUEENS TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY"