Formerly known as Women Action for Gender Equality (WAGE); the name changed to Women Initiative for Sustainable Empowerment and Equality (WISE).
WISE is the first non-profit organisation to identify as LBQ+ operating in the core northern region of Nigeria. This region is made up of 19 states and comprises of the northeast, northwest and north-central zones. It is a region that is highly radicalized with the Shariah as one of the operating legal systems.
Under this system, a lesbian or bisexual woman may face caning or stoning to death for engaging in same-sex consenting relationships.
WISE is aware of the security risks and challenges that they face but are determined to provide leadership for the community and empower them to take up leadership roles through the various programs they implement.