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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Empowering Women of the Future - Day 1, Ajegunle.

Today at EWOF, we formally introduced the project, its aims and objectives and announced a timeline for the 12 weeks long programme with the community to the 20 participants.

We started the programme by distributing MTN branded notepads and pens to all participants to enable them take notes from this meeting and subsequent ones.

We also agreed on the Sheros Creed.

Some of the agreements we reached were:
·         No late coming;
·         Respect for self and others;
·         No putting down of self or/and others;
·         Volunteering of self;
·         Sharing information we are comfortable sharing with each other freely and truthfully.

We then spoke one after the other about community; things that we like about our communities; things we like about ourselves; a woman we admire and one thing we hope to change in our community.
Some of the participants said they would love to put an end to violence against women, teen pregnancy and illiteracy of the girl child, joblessness and indecent dressing of some of the youths, build good roads, schools and a functional healthcare centre in their community if they had the power.

Participants were then given these essay topics to write on and submit at the next group meeting:
              I.      Violence Against Women
            II.      Teenage Pregnancy
          III.      Education of the Girl Child.

The 1 hour 30 minutes session closed with Affirmation of self.

Speaking with some of the young women afterwards, they were very excited about their MTN branded Note Pads and Pens which were generously donated by Mr Sam Arewa Jnr, the Regional Sales Manager for MTN Nigeria and they were anxiously anticipating the end of the 12 weeks programme ceremony where awards will be given out to outstanding young women. They also expressed their gratitude for the clothes and shoes we donated to them.

Facilitators for this session were Vera Edore, Blessing Ashi and I.


  1. Good for social work in nigeria. Am happy to be a social activist

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  3. This is commendable and I would like you to keep it up. Violence and discrimination against women every where must stop - full stop. It would be helpful for other Nigerian organizations to follow the footsteps of MTN in supporting grass-root effort like yours.

  4. This is enviable and should be supported by well meaning Nigerians every where. I would like other organizations to follow in the footsteps of MTN. Violence and discrimination against women must stop - full stop.

  5. Nice one. Keep it up. It quite unfortunate very few Nigerians are involve in social works in a country with numerous challenges. Be very concerned about the feedback after the programme, as I want to read the feedback from participant. I tip Vweta as a global star of the moment. Keep it up. Abdulrahman

  6. I know that you said people should only share what they feel comfortable sharing. You can also remind the group that the information shared is confidential to group members only.