The objective of S.H.A.P.E 2020 was to empower disadvantaged and
unemployed women between the ages of 18yrs and 50yrs. SHAPE 2020 commenced in Lagos, Nigeria on February 3, 2020 and was completed on March 27, 2020.
237 women have graduated from this empowerment program and about 150 businesses started already. All the students are beaming with increased confidence improved competence in business management and dexterity in acquired skill.
Single mothers, frustrated housewives, jobless graduates, widows and women of diverse culture, religion and language now have a common platform and support system to keep them progressing in their newly acquired skill.
The number of women in need of empowerment in an urban center like Lagos is highly underestimated. These women though exposed to the glitz of urban life are disadvantaged at leveraging the opportunities.
Family demands and societal bias creates a major entry barrier in them becoming economically empowered yet most of them are passionate and willing to breakthrough if given the opportunity.
There is a need to expand the empowerment skills into new frontiers as the market place needs are changing in a digital age.