“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right again” – Sojourner Truth
About Young Igbo Women Association (YIWA):
YIWA was founded in the summer of 2017 by Chisara Nkemakolam. This association’s primary purpose is to create a support network for umu nwanyi no obodo oyibo (Igbo women overseas).
Short and long-term visions consist of uniting, honouring, empowering, celebrating, expanding our knowledge and supporting ndi Igbo (Igbo people) in the diaspora. YIWA targets young women from the age of 18 to 35 who reside in the U.K with indigenous Igbo heritage. Chisara envisioned bringing women together to collaborate and collate collective ideas that will promote our culture today. She wants to remove the social stigma of women hating on fellow women through setting an example for everyone by creating a forum of togetherness. Together women can do more, go further and change the world.
Igbo people are unique, strong and powerful, without being bias history shows that we have contributed so much to the Nigerian society. Chisara aims to celebrate and remember the powerful Igbo pioneers like Ada Priscilla Nzimiro (the first Igbo woman from Igboland to qualify as a Doctor) who made an impact in our communities. With such insight and knowledge, we will be driven to achieve and make a difference.
For many years, I have been passionate about helping women in Nigeria therefore in time as a charity, YIWA will help less privileged women (widows and motherless children) back home in Nigeria through direct charitable aid, therefore we ask vendors and charities in Nigeria to step forward to help in reaching as many women and children as possible. How do we accomplish this goal? In the UK we aim to raise financial and material aid through:
-Social networking events
-Igbo Women’s Day (in commemoration of the Aba Women’s War -1929)
-Mother’s Day celebration
YIWA membership will consist of:
-Networking Events (Social & Professional)
-Meeting once a month
-Group Dinners/Film Nights
-Celebrations (when a YIWA member is celebrating a life-changing event, we will support and celebrate with you)
-Showcasing Talent (Talent Nights)
For more information please contact us at [email protected]