IWAYEC was first registered with the Borno State Cooperative Department under the name Partsi Women Multipurpose Cooperative Society in 1989. The cooperative empowered women economically especially in the areas of income-generating activities and skills acquisition. The society conducted training in tie/die, soap and pomade making, knitting, food processing, packaging and preservation, micro-credit schemes, and market outlets for women.
The expansion of the cooperative, the scourge of HIV/AIDs, and the expectation of the communities in the late 19th Century prompted the members of the cooperative society to change its focus to a holistic approach to women, youths, children, and societal issues. The members realised that there are more opportunities to help others as a non-governmental organization than as a cooperative society.
The group then decided to register a Non-governmental organization: Integrated Women and Youth Empowerment Centre with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria on October 23, 2003. The main focus areas of the organization are: the holistic development of the vulnerable (indigent women, widows, orphans and youths), gender mainstreaming, economic empowerment, women’s right issues, peaceful co-existence, and healthy environment.