Who We Are
Global Empowerment Initiative for Women Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on empowering Black Canadian women by providing capacity building programs on economic development and empowerment, violence prevention, and improving leadership skills.
We also run Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for Black girls aged ten to eighteen.
We are located in Saskatoon and serve resident Black women and girls from all cities in Saskatchewan.
Board of Directors
Chika has 8 years experience in the Nigerian development space. Her experience stems from working at managerial level for two UKAID Department for International Development (DFID) governance programs in South West Nigeria between 2011 and 2019.
She facilitated the development and implementation of programs, policies, and strategies tailored to meet organizational development needs and program goals. As a firm believer and advocate for women and girls’ development, Chika has supported various capacity building initiatives for women including facilitating the set up of the South West Nigeria Women in Governance Community of Practice – a platform where top female government officials share experiences and approaches for improving governance practices.
She also served as the Assistant Director of Programs for the women’s fellowship in her local church and a mentor to teenage girls, facilitating confidence building programs and voice initiatives. She continues to support philanthropic initiatives geared towards supporting women and girls in Nigeria.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Bayero University, Kano Nigeria, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She also obtained a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Mount Royal University, Alberta, Canada.
She is an Organizational Development Specialist certified by the Institute of Organizational Development, Florida. She also holds a certificate in Building State Capability (Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation) from Harvard University, Massachusetts and has attended training courses facilitated by AWARD, Nairobi Kenya on Women Leadership and Management as well as Mentoring and Advanced
Leadership for women.
She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her husband and three children.
Portia is a creative, forward-thinking, hands-on professional with adept skills and competence. She is skilled at managing and nurturing talent, delivering sales growth, forming strategic partnerships, and successfully implementing challenging projects. She is an expert in executing team driven process improvements to increase corporate growth, operational efficiency, and excellent stewardship of revenue.
She has worked with Giant Metro Company Ltd, Lagos Nigeria as a Senior Sales Engineer and also with Healion Care Products Lagos as the Senior Sales Coordinator. She has participated in many successful projects over several years and these have accumulated as worthy experience in her field.
She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a professional certification from Rockwell Automation.
She has supported the development of young girls and boys by serving as a Teens Sunday School Teacher in the Christ Dynasty Assembly in Nigeria. In that capacity, she was a mentor and counselor, working to elevate the spiritual, social and emotional well-being of teenagers. She resides in Saskatoon with her husband and three children
NSIMIRE JOSEPHINE RWANKUBA
Nsimire Josephine is a seasoned mentor, having been involved in various
mentorship programs. Her role as a mentor to many young women has enabled
her walk closely with them, sharing the gospel and personal life experiences with
them. She has dedicated her life to working with women of all ages and ensuring
their growth in their relationship with God. She also serves on the prayer team of
the Sisterhood Ministry.
She currently supports a program in her home country, Democratic Republic of
Congo, which enables women and girls develop and utilize their skills so as to
become self sufficient and independent.
With a degree in administration, she works as the office manager at Laurier Drive
She is happily married and a proud mother of four.
Dingaan Sarah is an active campaigner for women empowerment and has
supported various initiatives focused on strengthening women and girls both in
Canada and her home country, South Africa.
She supported various community projects in South Africa focused on
empowering women and girls. The training she provided to a group of rural women strengthened their capacity to successfully set up the South African Safari Resort -wholly owned and managed by these rural women.
She has worked as an Independent Skills Development trainer and facilitator with
the South African Department of Labor, candidates’ assessment and program
evaluation being part of her portfolio.
She moved to Canada in 2010 and has been involved with The Bus Street Ministry – an initiative located in Saskatoon which
supports the homeless, drug addicts, abused women and girls, by providing spiritual support and encouragement.
She holds the following qualifications: Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws, South Africa; Diploma Human Resource
Management (cum laude), South Africa; certificate in Project Management, South Africa; certificate in Commercial Contracts
Management from Villanova University, U.S.A. and a certificate from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women. She is currently furthering her studies with the U.N Women Training Center in order to serve women better.
She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and three children.