Experience shared with the younger generation on the challenges and expectations of life through mentoring, is an informal form of education globally acclaimed as the bedrock of a sustainable future for all ( United Nation,2015).A proper analysis of mistakes or fortunes of the past and the challenges of the present could pre-empt the uncertainties of the future.
In the words of Michael Meade, The Genius Myth,
“Mentoring is an archetypal activity that has timeless elements which can connect us to the universal ground where nature renews itself and culture becomes reimagined. Youth and elder meet where the pressure of the future meets the presence of the past. Old and young are opposites that secretly identify with each other; for neither fits well into the mainstream of life.”
The holy bible admonished thus “Train a child the way he should follow and when he grows up, he shall never depart” Proverbs 22:6.
Women and Girls have are vulnerable to most societal violence and marginalisation, especially in many Africa countries, due to some cultural/traditional beliefs. Cases of sexual assault/ rape, early marriages/unwanted pregnancies, intimidations/tortures, as well as school dropout/prostitution among girls have been on the rise, which aborts the vision and zeal of young talented youngsters from realizing their full potentials and destinies. This has created gender gap in the society, which portends an unsecured future because of women’s significance for societal growth. Educate a woman; you educate a nation (Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 2007).
In the light of the above, the need for the coming together of women to secure a greater future for a more secured homes and stable nation through shared experiences, advocacies and enlightenment campaigns for policy changes, can never be over-emphasised. The availability of our mothers at all levels of governance both in government, communities and homes is a desideratum for posterity.
This burning zeal in me to key into the global call for women empowerment and fair treatment as their male counterparts was heightened by encountered experiences during my years as the Students Union Vice-President of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, a position won and occupied at the age of 19 in 2006. Furthermore, exposure during my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year as the Imo State Corp President of National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related Matters (NAPTIP) informed me of the various pitiable circumstances by which young girls were lured into prostitution both at home and abroad, in the name of providing brighter future.
However, our campaign started with a body known as National Association of Young Female Leaders, which mainly comprised of female students activists in Nigerian higher institutions. We organise seminars and workshops for young girls in Colleges and Tertiary Institutions, on career development and gender sensitivity towards occupying their rightful place in destiny and in line with the United Nations campaign of “He4She”. These lofty objectives were massively embraced by the entire student leaders in Nigeria which led to the first ever summit of young female leaders in Owerri in 2014 for south-east/south region, to be rotated in other geo-political zones in Nigeria.
Following high commendations of this lofty vision received from our most revered women leaders and their willingness to embrace mentorship for a sustainable and progressive society, this group metamorphosed to “WOMEN TO LIVE INITIATIVE”, registered by the corporate affairs Commission, Nigeria as a Non-Governmental Organisation. With God on our side, we shall make a secured society for the present and future generations