Virtually every year since 1911 when it was first held, the International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The occasion is used to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, Governments, Charities, Educational Institutions, Women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. The Igbo Women Forum United Kingdom took the decision to inaugurate in 2015 under the auspices of the IWD a Summit series to access how far the Igbo woman has come and to fashion out through discussions and workshops where the Igbo woman wants to be and the best route to get there. The inaugural session of the Summit is to hold in Owerri, the Igbo heartland.
There are some who will argue that over the years the Nigerian-Igbo woman has made significant progress in self-actualization. To a large extent this is a fair assessment but an incomplete one if we consider that there are so many unexplored potentials, economically, socially and politically, which, if mined, would make the Igbo woman to have fully arrived. Lack of information, limited or no network and some backward traditional or cultural behaviours are but a few factors militating against the actualization of the full potentials of the Igbo woman. The President of Igbo Women Forum United Kingdom (IWFUK) Megan Clement summed up the essence of the inaugural summit as follows
“We need this summit for South-Eastern Women of Nigeria to articulate their needs, the needs of their children and husbands from their perspective. This summit will help create an advocacy group that will focus on achieving all the articulated issues in the Blue Print to be created, for once, by the women for the women”
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