The Unheard Daughters
Empowering Women Survivors of Boko Haram, Nigeria
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.
Guardians Worldwide created a network of fifty women living in and around Maiduguri and Mubi, who had no means of 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. They are being assisted with soap-making workshops, materials, facilities and business enterprise that is allowing them to develop a green cleaning service.
Cleaning products used in this region are highly toxic, bearing chemicals that are damaging to waters and lands. These women are overcoming war, terror and social instability, and at the same time are leading the way in the guardianship and care of their environment. Their stories are incredibly inspiring.