In a remarkable act of generosity, Erelu Bisi-Adeleye Fayemi, the former First Lady of Ekiti State, has donated N1 million to Women of Rubies through her Wrapper Network Initiative of Above Whispers Foundation. This generous donation is aimed at providing support and relief to Nigerian women facing challenges, as well as commemorating the 60th birthday of Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi on June 11th. It is one of the many initiatives organized by The Wrapper Network.
The Wrapper Network, which was established in October 2019, was inspired by a thought-provoking question posed by Her Excellency during a women’s conference. Erelu Bisi Fayemi emphasized the symbolic value of wrappers, representing solidarity, unity, love, protection, and care. She urged women to extend their support and compassion by providing metaphorical “wrappers” to those in need.
Speaking on her motivation behind the Wrapper Network, Erelu Bisi Fayemi expressed, “A lot of women need help with modest contributions that could make all the difference. That is why I decided to start The Wrapper Network, for women who need a wrapper and for women who are prepared to give wrappers to other sisters. I hope that the sisters who will benefit can go on to bless other sisters with a wrapper when things are good for them.”
Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: Championing Feminist Activism and Women’s Empowerment
In the realm of feminist activism and women’s empowerment, one name stands out as a true trailblazer: Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi. With a remarkable portfolio encompassing various fields, Erelu Bisi has made a significant impact as a Gender and Development Specialist, Feminist Activist, Policy Advocate, Social Sector expert, and Writer. Her work has not only transformed the lives of countless women but has also shaped the landscape of gender equality in Nigeria and beyond.
Erelu Bisi’s academic journey laid a strong foundation for her future endeavors. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University). Furthering her education, she pursued a Master’s degree in Gender and Society from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. Her dedication to knowledge led her to earn a prestigious Honorary Doctorate in Sociology from the Tai Solarin University of Education.
During her tenure as the Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organization for African women, Erelu Bisi showcased her visionary leadership. It was under her guidance that the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) was established. AWLI has since trained and connected over 6,000 young African women, empowering them to become leaders in their respective fields.
Erelu Bisi’s commitment to women’s rights and empowerment led her to co-found the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the first Africa-wide grant-making foundation for women’s organizations. As the CEO of AWDF from 2001 to
Disbursement and Impact
The Women of Rubies team will disburse the funds via our Facebook page, ensuring that the donation reaches those who are most vulnerable and in need. This empowering initiative aims to provide a “Wrapper” of hope to women, offering support, encouragement, and assistance to those facing difficult circumstances.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi for her kind gesture and commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of women. Her generosity and dedication to uplifting others exemplify her role as a mentor, encourager, and advocate for women’s empowerment.
A Celebration of a Remarkable Woman
As we celebrate Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi’s 60th birthday, we honor her as a woman of substance, purpose, and unwavering determination. She embodies the essence of Above Whispers, standing as an enigma of hope and inspiration to countless women. Through her Wrapper Network Initiative and continuous efforts, she continues to leave an indelible mark in the lives of women.
Her donation to the Women of Rubies through the Wrapper Network Initiative serves as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the power of women supporting women.
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