The Igwe of Agwa community of Oguta, His Royal Highness I.O Asor hosted the Young Women Leaders of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.
The event which was largely attended by women leaders, young women and several male heads created an avenue to advocate for effective strategies to change the recurrence of zero female political participation in the community. It also created a platform for the young women leaders to demonstrate their community mobilising skills in preparation. These skills will no doubt come in handy as the young women translate to active citizens and engage with stakeholders in democracy, leadership and governance processes.
The young women were able to prompt the community to identify issues militating against her development including inadequate security, erratic electricity supply, non-functional health care centers, inadequate pipe borne water and schools, lack of access to mechanized farm implements and poor constituency-legislature engagement. All of these will be presented for redress during a visit to the legislator representing the community.
The Young Women Leaders Project (YWLP) is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and seeks to inculcate in young women, responsive leadership skills required to engage the political and governance system and subsequently contest and win elections in the future.