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Lightray! Celebrates Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi. Beats 123 others to be Nominated to Global UN Reference Group

Human rights lawyer, lecturer at Unilag, Converner of Womanifesto and Founder of WARDC, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi out of 140 applications, joins the top 17 others selected for the tasks ahead.


By Collins Odigie Ojiehanor

The Founding Director of the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, has been nominated as a member of the Spotlight Initiative Global Reference Group for the 2024-2026 term.

This prestigious nomination recognizes Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi’s tireless dedication to advancing women’s rights in Nigeria and her extensive work as a gender equality advocate and social justice crusader.

Known for her unwavering commitment to human rights, Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi has spearheaded numerous grassroots to international projects, earning her the nicknames “The General” and “The Mobilizer” within civil society circles. Her leadership and advocacy have profoundly impacted the fight for women’s and girls’ rights in Africa.

The Spotlight Initiative is a collaborative effort between the European Union and the United Nations Secretary-General, aiming to eliminate violence against women and girls. This global partnership spans Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific, addressing all forms of violence, including domestic violence, trafficking, and economic exploitation.

Following a rigorous review of 140 applications, Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi was selected as one of 17 members of the Spotlight Initiative Global Reference Group. In this role, she will collaborate with leaders across continents to enhance the fight against violence towards women and girls. Her responsibilities will include advising and ensuring that the Spotlight Initiative remains accountable to its commitments to civil society organizations.

WARDC’s Media and Communications Manager, Wemimo Adewuni, expressed enthusiasm for Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi’s new role, highlighting the expected positive impact of her work within the group. The organization further congratulates Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi and anticipates significant advancements in the cause of women’s rights through her efforts.

This nomination stands as a testament to Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi’s over two decades of dedication to gender equality and social justice, further solidifying her status as a leading figure in the fight for women’s and girls’ rights in Africa and beyond.

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