The Women’s War of 1929, was a resistance movement that took place in the Eastern Provinces of the British colony of Nigeria. Know among Igbo women as Ogu Umunwanyi, the movement started on November 23, 1929, and continued until January 10, 1930. The main intention of the movement was to reverse colonial policies that were intrusive on local politics, economy and social participation. Mainly led by Igbo and Ibibio women, the resistance included women from many other tribes such as the Ogoni and Andoni tribes. On paper, the British system was intended to be carried out with minimal intrusion on local societies whilst enforcing the indirect rule. Colonial rule in Eastern Nigeria ended up being a significant contributor to the redefinition of women’s positions in society that ultimately led to a range of consequences for women’s daily lives and working conditions. This proves how the indirect ruling systems effect was well beyond the political range.
In Y-MUN’19 delegates participating in this committee will take place both as the Igbo women fighting to preserve their sovereignty as well as their traditions and as colonial officers trying to take control of the region. Both sides will come face to face in the battel later named the first feminist uprising.