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Achieving Gender Justice & Reconciliation - Omowumi Ogunrotimi

Written by: Sithandwa Ngwetsheni

On 22 November 2017, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in partnership with LEAD SA, will celebrate 10 young African activists (between the ages of 18 – 35), who are doing exceptional work in the Gender Justice Field.

Since the year 2000, the IJR hosts the prestigious Reconciliation awards ceremony where individuals or organisations are recognised for their contribution in advancing reconciliation across different spheres of society.

Building on from last year’s succesful introduction of the Rising Shaper award where three young poeple who made an outstanding contribution to achieving nation-building and reconciliation were recognised, this year 10 young actvists were chosen from 47 public nominations.

Omowumi Ogunrotimi, Nigeria

Ms. Omowumi Ogunrotimi is a Legal Practitioner and Social Development Activist. She has been actively engaged in various initiatives with a strong emphasis on gender and young-people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). For these programmes, she developed, managed and produced several episodes of three media programmes: ‘Expressions’, ‘Our World’ and ‘The Gap’, all which have been aired on various TV and Radio stations across Nigeria.

Her social development activities include the organization of a Prison-Outreach programme, wherein she taught inmates Entrepreneurship, Vocational, and Literacy skills, as well as Social Studies. In recognition of her important work on Sexuality education in the country, Ms. Ogunrotimi was invited, in 2012, by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to moderate a session at its National Family Planning Conference in Nigeria. During the same year she was also invited, and fully-sponsored, to attend the African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights, held in Namibia.

In recognition of her intellectual abilities, Ms. Ogunrotimi was recruited as a Legislative intern at Nigeria’s National Assembly immediately following the completion of her undergraduate studies in Law, at the Ekiti State University; from which she graduated with a Second-Class Honours. While at the National Assembly, she was responsible for the drafting of Bills and Motions, provision of support to the Legislative Committees on both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Human Rights, as well as the conduction of interviews; particularly on issues relating to affirmative action for Women.

In addition to her National-level work, Ms. Ogunrotimi has also volunteered for a number of International Institutions and Organizations, including The Population Council, ActionAid International - on its Activista Programme - which works with young people around the World to address important challenges such as Hunger and Poverty, as well as the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) - where she served on its National Executive Committee for 4years.

Over the years, Ms. Ogunrotimi has been actively engaged in addressing Global Development agendas, such as the SDGs with her book ‘The Maze and the Map’, she addressed the crucial issues of Food-security and Poverty-reduction in Nigeria.

Currently Ms. Ogunrotimi is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, as well as Founder of ‘Gender Mobile’; a technology-driven initiative and platform that provides specialized support services to Girls and Women survivors of Social Injustice within the African continent.




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