INFLUENCE OF ANNUAL AUGUST MEETINGS ON WOMEN MOBILIZATION FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITIES IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA
This study examined the influence of Annual August Meetings on women mobilization towards the socio-economic development of Imo State, Nigeria. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population consist of 2,990 women who are members of registered August meetings in selected LGAs of the state. A total of 299 respondents representing 10% of the population were chosen as sample through the stratified random sampling technique. Data was collected through a 25 item likert type questionnaire titled; August Meeting and Socio-Economic Development Questionnaire (AMSEDQ) with r=0.81 reliability coefficient. It was analyzed with the use of the mean statistics. The findings revealed that the gatherings of the Annual August meetings serve as veritable platform in mobilizing women to participate in programmes of women empowerment, girl child education, infrastructural development and the elimination of some harmful cultural practices in Igboland. Based on the findings, it is recommended that government, non-governmental bodies and other stakeholders should encourage the womenfolk to participate in activities of August meeting to pool their resources together for the implementation of socio-economic development in communities in Imo State and other parts of Igboland in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.