Safiya Ibn Garba
Director of Institutional Learning
Safiya Ibn Garba is the Director of Institutional Learning at Generations For Peace, a role which she took on after serving as the organisation’s Programmes Manager and Lead Facilitator. She has been through the full circle of the Generations For Peace certification process from being a Delegate in 2008 to becoming a Pioneer and Facilitator with Generations For Peace.
Her current duties include overseeing the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Training units where she supports peacebuilding programmes in 51 countries globally. Safiya has also supported teams on the ground to deliver 21 peacebuilding programmes in Kaduna, north-west Nigeria engaging adolescent girls, women and youth tackling issues of gender inequality and exclusion, inter-religious and inter-ethic divides and violence and violent extremism.
During and after school, Safiya spent many years working in faith-based development work and is particularly passionate about girls and women’s empowerment. Early in 2008, Safiya founded a Non-Governmental Organisation in her home country Nigeria that provides multi-sectoral interventions for girls and women’s empowerment through information dissemination, capacity building, advocacy and cross-cutting community service projects.
Safiya has worked in and led coalitions of Civil Society Organisations on gender and good governance and served as a member of the Civil Society Liaison Office (CSOLO) Advisory Committee at the Nigerian National Assembly (NASS), Nigeria’s highest law-making body.
She has completed studies and practice in computer science, project management, community development, advocacy, child protection, gender, pastoral education and chaplaincy, events management, learning, systems mapping, mental health awareness, leadership, facilitation and online learning amongst others.
In 2020, Safiya was awarded a Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship for her contributions to empowering women and gender reconciliation and the Apostle Hayford Alile Humanitarian Award from the prestigious Community and Human Rights Awards 2020 by SITEL CSR in Action.
Safiya was also recognised as an Amazon of Arewa and has been a speaker at various conferences including PeaceCon 2020, Galaxy4Peace launch of the Teach Peace Early Modules, Global Reconciliation’s International Women’s Day 2021 Interview, +Peace 2021 Mini Virtual Summit on Fractal Peacebuilding, Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference 2021 organised by Tomorrow People Organisation. Safiya in addition, hosts EWEI’s The eMPOWERED Series.
Safiya has also supported the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders as a Reader, and honoured with the Outstanding Citizen Honour Award by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 1 October 2021.
Safiya is a member of the International Society of Female Professionals, TheBoardRoom Africa, is an Endorsed Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators, an OnFrontiers Expert and a Doctoral student with the UN-mandated University of Peace in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Safiya loves to read, watch movies, dance, and sing.