Margaret Nwagbo holds a degree in Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1979), was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980 and completed a PGD in management in1996 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She started her career as a Solicitor with Federal Mortgage Bank in 1981.
Margaret’s passion for the rights of the underprivileged led to joining the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in 1982. She has been a member of Fida since and in 2006, she became the chairperson of Anambra Chapter where she served diligently for four years. As Chairperson, she managed the law center where she was instrumental to promoting women and child’s rights in the state; successful resolution of family related disputes through effective mediation; and women empowerment to mention only a few. She has reached out to over 3000 women and children and successfully facilitated various community development projects in Anambra State.
She has also been part of various advocacy campaigns geared at ensuring the Child’s Rights Law was passed in South East, Nigeria and has participated in various conferences, some of which are listed below:
i. The premier and famous Beijing Conference on women, 1995;
ii. The Commission on the Status for Women, United Nations Headquarters, New York,
iii.The NGO Forum at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, Banjul Gambia,
iv. Africa Convening on Gender Based Violence, Vital Voices Global Partnership in Accra Ghana, 2017; etc
She became a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Mediators and Conciliators in 2011, where she is currently the First Female Deputy President and a Trainer. An astute mediator, she has been involved in settling various disputes and ensuring all parties were satisfied with the outcomes. Prior to becoming a fellow, she received the ICMC President’s special commendation award in 2007 for her selfless service to the Institute.
Margaret is also: Vice Chairperson, National Coalition for Affirmative Action, Enugu; a member of the Board of the West African Network for Peace Building; Zonal Coordinator, Centre for the Eradication of Violence Against Women South East Nigeria; a member of the panel of neutrals Abuja Chamber of Commerce Dispute Resolution Centre; and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and Chairperson Child protection network Enugu.
Margaret is a successful and fulfilled legal practitioner, passionate Human Rights advocate, loving wife, mother and grandmother.