Chinny Ononuju-McErnest is the Founder of The Women International (TWI). Her passion for women empowerment began in the US where she studied public policy and philosophy and took courses in women's studies, psychology and political science. She is highly experienced in non-profit management and research analysis focused on women affairs, policies and social development.
She has worked in Nigeria and in the US, including the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Policy, Boston Massachusetts, The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights in Boston and The Health Care Federation of Nigeria (HFN). She wrote a research and policy paper on raising awareness and addressing violence against women in Nigeria. She also wrote a research/policy document on issues affecting women in Nigeria and the factors still hindering the recognition of the rights of women in Nigeria for Prof. Kingsley Moghalu’s (Former deputy CBN governor and former presidential candidate 2019) young progressive party (YPP) gender inclusive agenda.
She has written several articles in the Guardian about women empowerment and the power of “self-love and positive affirmation,” which she promotes daily on her various social media platforms. She has been featured on Forbes Africa, The Guardian Woman, business day, Ynaija, Leading Ladies Africa and Arewa Woman. She was listed as one of the 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria (2020) by Leading Ladies Africa and Ynaija. During her spare time, Chinny loves to write, indeed she has a soon to be published fiction novel on the trials and tribulations women in Nigeria face. She also volunteers to educate young girls/women on the imperative of self-esteem and self-confidence.
TWI is aimed at changing these facts to reflect more positive ones by solving these problems one woman at a time.
TWI is a social enterprise with a vision “of equipping women to achieve a fully balanced life by focusing on their mental, emotional, physical and financial wellbeing”.
Our vision is borne out of a desire to assist women maximise their full potential as they navigate through life’s challenges.
TWI is dedicated to helping women build a better future for themselves, their families, career trajectory and businesses.
The Circle is TWI's FLAGSHIP event which takes place in various cities including Lagos, Enugu, Abuja, Owerri, and London. It is a gathering of women who come together to discuss a broad range of issues centred on topics geared towards the overall well-being of women. Emotional Intelligence is a crucial feature in our circles, as we recognise the importance of this flexible tool to create the desired impact across business lines in different corporations. The attendees' size has been small intentionally to allow participants to derive direct and maximum impact. The circle provides a platform for African women of ages 18 to 35 to get connected, inspired and empowered; A haven for women to share life experiences and learn from each other. Our speakers consist of women from various industries/sectors. Since its inception in 2016, over 20,000 women online and an estimated number of over 2,000 women offline have accessed seasoned mentors through The Circle. The circle has a turnout of 25 to 50 women per session (For the small intimate sessions), and up to 100 women (for the bigger circles)Our long term goal is to eventually have a circle chapter in every major city in Nigeria and globally. We have organised several circles, including:
To ensure that the total wellbeing of women (Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial and Mental) are balanced; so that they can live a life that is fulﬁlled, meaningful and Impactful for themselves and their communities.
To provide Information, Strategies, and Scales, that will enable women to attain their personal goals, inspire them to live extraordinary purpose-driven lives ﬁlled with Self-love and empower them to reach their ultimate destiny.
Our platform enables members to connect with like-minded women from several diverse backgrounds. This diversity offers our members unmatchable opportunities for valuable and beneficial networking.
At TWI we organize events that are aimed at offering women a platform to share, learn, and apply experiences and insights that will enable them to become more mature, productive, and successful in their physical, emotional, and financial lives.
One of the core mandates of TWI is the mantra that “When Women Support Women, We ALL Win!” We offer support and inspiration to women who may require support in any facet of their lives.
The Circle helpline is a way for us to connect in a more personal way with our members.
We have a database of experts in various fields who can help with specific and more serious/intricate issues. We act as the middleman by linking the women with these experts.
Our events have attracted high profile speakers, including:
If you are interested in speaking at any of our events or collaborating with us, please contact us: