i have learnt not allow other people determine your success instead be the one to determine your success.
Sometimes you have a very wonderful ideas and set out your goals, plan your event and the number of people you expect to show up did not show up. It does not make you a failure rather it is suppose to propel to go back to the drawing board to see what went wrong.
That was our story on 18th August, 2020 when we planned an engagement training with some Female Political Aspirants in Owerri. Initially when we had our first meeting in December 2019, we met a very enthusiastic 16 ladies that wanted to start working with us on the capacity building for female political aspirants. we were 16 ladies in that platform and the next meeting we had clashed with the COVID 19 shutdown. We maintained touch on our whatsapp platform which motivated us to plan another meeting immediately the ease of the shutdown.
Unfortunately, out of the 30 women we sent out invitation to, we expected to have at least 10 - 15 ladies but alas only 3 turned up for the meeting. We were not deterred, we had a short training with them on the use of social media tools which was very interesting and interactive. We rose up with the decision that we have to re-strategize and open the platform to a lot more female aspirants and raise awareness on the social media about the forum so interested female aspirants can join us.
We are planning on having another meeting this month of September 2020. We are doing a flyer that will be placed on all our social media platform to open up the platform. Initially we thought that starting with a small group will be better before opening up the group but we have been proved wrong. No pulling us down. we are marching forward.
I have impacted so many people because we have been on so many ZOOM platforms speaking on women capacity building and empowerment. We have also spoken on COVID 19 and Care delivery Burden on Women. I can say approximately 70 people or it could be more who has signed on for those meetings. keep a date with us and 2 in-person trainings on peace building and conflict analysis.