Our WhatsApp meeting kicked off at 5pm with an impressive record of 51 participants. The Director of Genuine Womanhood Initiative, Lady Jane Ndukwe, welcomed all participants and proceeded to make an opening remark that acknowledged the noble roles of mothers, which include: accepting to bring forth children and raising them well. Each mother wants the best for her children and would go the extra mile to protect them from harm. Mothers want their children to succeed even beyond what the parents have. These are the unifying factors that make us concerned mothers. A mother is not just a mother to her biological children but to all children.

Genuine Womanhood Initiative (GWI) is an NGO and Social Reform Group using Etiquette, Education and Character Building to restore values, promote civility and peaceful coexistence. The Concerned Mothers group is championing wholesome family values and right education to build responsible citizens and promote true humanity. For more information on GWI, kindly access our website:

There are several things that concern mothers about their children. These include the following:

  • HEATH AND NUTRITION OF THEIR CHILDREN – Are the children getting the right nutrients necessary for healthy living? Are they able to access healthcare when they’re sick?
  • EDUCATION – Are the children getting the right education?
  • ETHICAL & MORAL BEHAVIOR– If we put the right values in our children, we can then hope for a humane society full of goodness, humility, respect and peace.
  • EMOTIONAL HEATH– What are the things that lower our children’s self esteem, causing them to become withdrawn, depressed or suicidal? How can we build our children’s self esteem to enable them to feel good in themselves to attain great things? How can we improve the emotional intelligence of our children so that they’re better able to express their feelings positively and avoid developing limiting attitudes and anger issues?
  • INTERNET SAFETY– The ease at which our children get unto sites with negative content is worrisome. Can this be controlled and how?
  • CAREER CHOICE–Some parents force their children to study courses they don’t have a flare for, which sometimes causes the children not to do well or become resentful towards their parents. How can we encourage parents to understand their children and steer them in the direction of their talents for their children to achieve full potential?
  • BULLYING – Some children are being bullied in school, in their neigbourhood or cyber bullied. How can we put this in check? What positive help can we put in place to help children that have been bullied regain their self esteem and confidence?
  • CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT– Some children are left to raise themselves because some parents are too busy with other things they consider more important. Some children are not being adequately provided for leaving them at the mercy of adults who take advantage of their vulnerability. How can we educate parents to take better care of their children?
  • IRRESPONSIBLE ADVERTS ON TELEVISION OR SOCIAL MEDIA – Some ads give false pictures of what it takes to be beautiful, handsome or successful, which put undue pressure on children to live up to these false claims. Can we lend a voice to what marketers put out in order to sell their products? Can we build our children to accept themselves?
  • DRUG ABUSE– Why are children finding the need to take substances to make them ‘high’? What are they dealing with that can be handled differently?
  • GAMBLING – The get-rich quick syndrome is leading some youths into gambling. Can we encourage youths that there’s dignity in labour?
  • POOR MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP– Why do some daughters despise their mothers? Aren’t mothers the ones to teach daughters what it takes to live productive lives as women? How can we bridge this gap?
  • NEGATIVE RELATIONSHIPS– Some of our children are mixing with the wrong people who are influencing them negatively. How can we encourage positive peer relationships?
  • SEX EDUCATION– Are the children getting too much sex education or too little of it? At what age should sex education be taught to children?  Are the words and illustrations used age-appropriate or are we exposing our children too early to sex and awakening their curiosity?

It is said, ‘Charity begins at home.’ How can we draw closer to our children and build the right friendship that would make them more receptive to our counsel? When a person perceives true love, he or she does the needful without being coerced. It behooves parents to set good examples to their children because children think in an abstract way. Children mirror what they see significant adults in their lives do. When we explain our expectations to our children, we can work together with them in their developmental process.

We shall learn how to become friends with our children without letting the reins slip out of our hands. This will be facilitated by Dr. Chidiebele Ojukwu, a women’s health physiotherapist and a lecturer in the Department of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.

Join us on Saturday, 18 April at 5.00pm for an enlightening session.

Click on the link below to join GWI CONCERNED MOTHERS: