Empowering Young Women Auto Mechanics

Founder, Nenis Foundation /Auto Care, Engr. Osazoduwa Agboneni, recently launched Girls Auto Squad for the following reasons: ‘Empowering adolescent girls’ matters to us because fundamentally, it’s her right. Discrimination has no place in the 21st century, every girl has the right to go to school, stay from violence, access health services, adequate standard of living and fully participate in her community.

Women should be treated with equal value as the men especially in mechanical engineers as career has no gender. Both male and female deserve the same right, choices and opportunities. They should have the same resources, remuneration and power as the men.

When girls are educated, healthy, and empowered families are healthier. According to UNESCO, 2.1 million children under age 5 were saved between 19990 and 2008 because of improvements in girls’ education.  And closing the gap in the unmet need for family planning for the 225 million girls and women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but aren’t using modern contraceptives would reduce maternal deaths by 67% and newborn deaths by 77%.

Empowered girls are the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for families around the world and empowered girls strengthen economies

Girls Auto Squad (GAS) founder, Engr.  Agboneni, the all-female auto mechanical training workshop was set up with the sole objectives of improving the educational status of disadvantaged girls to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘The project seeks to change the living condition disadvantaged girls through automotive education, capacity building and entrepreneurship development and to empower the girls economically thus helping them to contribute positively to social development’.

The first phase of the project is said to reach 500 beneficiaries in Lagos and Abuja. Upon completion of their trainings over the course of one year, they would be assisted to set up their enterprises as Mobile Maintenance Technicians providing effective vehicle preventive maintenance service to vehicle owners in various locations within the states.

‘GAS will boost the economic fortunes of beneficiaries and also create improved living conditions for their families and communities. It will also help disadvantaged girls who are unable to continue to tertiary institutions and those who are having difficulties getting jobs or those seeking entrepreneurial opportunities to have another chance at life’ Osazoduwa said.