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The Unheard Daughters

Empowering Women Survivors of Boko Haram, Nigeria

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THE Unheard Daughters

This project is a collaboration between Guardians Worldwide and Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development and Al Fitra Academy (Kano) with funding from the University of Leeds.

Unheard Daughters is providing social change, women empowerment, and environmental action in Northeastern Nigeria.

Unheard Daughters supports the manufacture and selling of non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning products by women survivors of the Boko Haram terror group.

Unheard Daughters

Unheard Daughters

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Our story

 

Guardians Worldwide created a network of fifty women living in and around Maiduguri and Mubi. Our aim is to provide real means for women survivors of Boko Haram to find economic and social means of had reinsertion into civil society. The

 

women currently live in remote villages and Internally Displaced peoples (IDP) camps, because they are not accepted in mainstream society having been abducted or coerced to live with Boko Haram fighters in Sambisa Forest. Some of the women were forced to live with Boko haram fighters when they were as young as 13 years old.

 

They are being assisted with soap-making workshops, materials, facilities and business enterprise that is allowing them to develop a livelihood and valuable role in Maiduguri society.

 

Cleaning products used in this region are highly toxic, however, bearing chemicals that are damaging to water, lands and the women who manufacture these products. We need further support to ensure the women can continue to produce soaps to sell in local markets and to ensure the provision of cleaning services; however in a way that is safe for them and the local environment.

 

These women are overcoming war, terror and social instability, and at the same time are leading the way providing green cleaning services in their communities. Their stories are incredibly inspiring.

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