A graduate of Accountancy from the Lagos State Polytechnic, my contact with women and girls who were victims of gender-based violence roused my passion for activism and advocating for women’s rights. I started my post-graduation work experience as an Accountant with Project Alert on Violence Against Women (Project Alert) in 2001. Project Alert is a women’s rights organization established in 1999 to provide information on violence against women and renders practical support services to female victims of violence. It implements its activities under three broad themes of research and documentation; human rights education and monitoring; and support services.
I found myself combining my Accountancy work with program activities and this enabled me gain a lot of insight into the abuses that women and girls suffer on a daily basis in Nigeria. I have over this period gained a lot of experience advocating for women’s human rights.
I am currently Program Officer at Echoes of Women in Africa Initiative (ECOWA) where I have remained a voice speaking up against abuse of the rights of women and helping to promote widespread awareness among women and girls. We have special focus on working on cases of women in rural communities, with a view to assisting them seek and secure redress. ECOWA is a nonprofit, non-governmental women’s human rights organization promoting peace, security and empowerment of women. It was established in 2010 with the aim of sensitizing women in Africa and galvanizing practical solutions to the marginalization, economic dependence and underdevelopment of women in Africa.
Our key areas of focus are human rights of women and girls, promoting peace and security and highlighting the special interests of women and girls; facilitating the rehabilitation and reintegration of internally displaced women (IDW); promoting social inclusion, economic empowerment of women and the active participation of women in democratic processes.
Our Strategies include preventing violence through public outreach and awareness creation, capacity building, creating opportunities for women to exercise social, economic, political rights and influencing traditional institutions to end harmful traditional practices; strengthening institutional response and implementation of policies, media campaigns, buildings partnerships, research, monitoring documentation and advocacy.
At ECOWA I am in charge of organizing a monthly forum called ‘encourager’s cycle’, a forum which periodically brings together women who have been abused, abandoned, widowed, and displaced and those with disability as well as poor single mothers and their children. The cycle is aimed at mending the lives of victims through counseling, experience sharing and donations. Many of the participants are indigent women who have suffered abuse, displaced by conflict and disaster and are in need of assistance and support in the face of government’s failure to address the special needs of these vulnerable members of the community. Through the encouragers’ cycle, we encourage the survivors of abuse and violence and seek to assuage their pains and inspire them with hope while bringing their plights to the attention of the government through media advocacy. Through such interactions and sharing of experience, they learn to cope with their situations and become encouragers to one another and to other victims.
As a member of the ECOWA team, I have gained a lot of experience in training and capacity building, organizing workshops, conducting advocacy, counseling, networking and building coalitions in the area of gender and human rights.
I am a team player with great analytical skills and stamina in high-pressure work situation. I have also acquired leadership skills and the ability to adapt to different situations and environments. I am a trainer, facilitator at workshops and have been involved in projects designs, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. As a leader and organizer, I am always focused on achieving results in the most efficient and effective way. I have fairly good verbal and written communication abilities with good interpersonal and organizational skills. I am computer literate and willing to learn.
Higher National Diploma 2004 (Upper credit)
Computer Education 2001
West Africa Examination Council 1994
Echoes of Women in Africa Initiatives (ECOWA) Program Officer 2010
Project Alert on Violence Against Women Account/Admin Officer 2001 -2008
SHORT COURSES/TRAINING/ PROGRAMMES ATTENDED
Regional Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Anglophones Countries in Africa. 8 Pan African Congress Regional Training on Monitoring and Advocacy on Security Sector Governance in West Africa. Collaborative monitoring of anti-corruption cases Legislative Advocacy Strategy Taxation and the NGO Sector in Nigeria. Financial Training Workshop on General Principles of Accounting. Financial Reporting for Non-Profit Organizations.
My Vision for the Future
A world where dignity of the human person is guaranteed.
My Topic Interests
- Economic Empowerment
- Gender-based Violence
- Human Rights
- Technology & Innovation
My Region Interests
- Sub-Saharan Africa