I Am Now An Advocate Of Women Empowerment - Emmanuel Nwobi

Age: 
52
Clients Business: 
Cooking oil
Branch/Union: 
New Karu, Nice 1
Year Joined LAPO: 
2004

In most African societies, girl child education is circumscribed by patriarchal attitudes and norms. Parents may hide under financial constraints or primitive traditional practices to deny their girl-children access to formal education. Prior to his exposure to the social programmes of LAPO, Chief Emmanuel Nwobi belonged to this group as he strongly supported and promoted these archaic traditional beliefs. His poor perception of women was not unconnected with his biased childhood socialization which placed little value on women and the girl-child. This ultimately influenced his relationship and attitude to women involvement and participation in decision making and leadership.

However, participation in LAPO gender justice and development programmes has exposed Chief Emmanuel Nwobi to the importance of girl-child education, women participation in decision making and leadership with positive impact on his family and community. He is now an advocate of women empowerment in his community and has resolved to accord his children equal opportunities irrespective of sex.