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Global Action against Gender Inequality (GAAGI) is a feminist Non-Profit Organisation established in Nigeria in the year 2017 but registered in 2019. Gaagi works towards creating safe spaces for women to organize autonomously, network with stakeholders at levels, acquire and share skills and expertise, identify issues of concern, and speak for themselves.
In Nigeria, women are marginalized at homes and communities which makes them miss out on key ingredients in both personal and career development. Women are particularly marginalized from critical sectors of decision making; their potentials are constrained by a myriad of challenges such as gender-based violence, climate change, illiteracy, access to energy, limited technology, exclusion from leadership, etc.
In this regard, a group of young feminists with experience in development and litigation called for the state of emergency in reviving the dignity of women and girls under the platform of Initiative for Global Action Against Gender Inequality. We believe women’s rights are human rights and can be fundamentally entrenched through a bottom-up approach. The organization, therefore, under-takes innovative interventions at global, national, and local levels aimed at transforming the lives of women and girls.
GAAGI envisions a just world where the rights of women and girls are protected.
To contribute to gender equality through strategic partnerships to promote human rights.
- To promote fundamental human rights at all levels through litigation.
- Tackle development challenges affecting women and girls through partnerships with development actors such as government departments, NGOs, private companies.
- Engage in community-relevant interventions thorough needs assessments and evaluations
- To design a community for learning, support & collaboration
- To create and sustain a financially viable and increasingly sustainable organization
We believe in the importance of sharing knowledge, skills, and experience. We’ve realised that the best solutions are reached through mutual learning within open and inclusive spaces and networks. We believe that competition and individualism are tools that are used to maintain current systems of inequality, and prevent the possibility of creating new ways of seeing the world and relating to one another.
At GAAGI, we organise ourselves according to egalitarian principles. We operate a shared leadership model that rejects traditional hierarchies. The way we conduct ourselves must be a reflection of the equality we strive to help realize in society. We partner with organisations that share our aims and values, and exchange our knowledge and expertise with others.
All of our actions have consequences, and our actions as an organisation have far-reaching effects on people and the planet. We try at all times to use products and services that have as little negative impact on others as possible. Whether for printing, banking, travel, or internet provision, we aim to minimise our negative environmental impact by choosing the most sustainable option available. We do not form partnerships with businesses or organisations whose ethical conduct in any way contravenes our mission or values.
We believe that human behavior towards the earth’s resources needs to change from that of commoditization, towards understanding that each decision we make has a knock-on effect elsewhere. We believe that everyone has the right to a safe and healthy environment, but this won’t happen while profit is prioritized over people and the planet. We each have a responsibility to educate ourselves, to interrogate our policy-makers, and to walk our talk when it comes to the food we eat, the clothes we buy, the way we travel, and the energy we use.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where human beings are too often marginalized according to their gender, whether that takes the form of social, political, or economic prejudice and exclusion. In accordance with the most basic principles of feminism, GAAGI is committed to dismantling systems of inequality that have negative effects on the vast majority of people in society. We are committed to making our feminism intersectional, always taking into account the intersection between gender and other elements of human identity, including race, age, ability, and wealth. Our feminism is environmental. We believe that the fight for gender equality is inextricably linked to socio-economic and environmental justice. These two goals can only be achieved together.