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If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women, we must start from the home. If a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.
- Aisha Abiola
Aisha Abiola was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Ibadan in 2017. As Chief of Staff at LifeBank Technology and Logistics Services Limited, Aisha provides strategic and operational support to the CEO, assists and communicates with department leads in decision making and program management, builds and develops relationships with employees, writes grants and proposals, plans, implements, and evaluates new projects, prepares and follows up on meetings by ensuring the CEO has all the information needed to be productive and engaged, manages and maintains the CEO’s calendar, and facilitates the hiring process for new employees.
Previously, Aisha was a Project Intern at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Program Intern at Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Project Officer at Ray of Hope Community Foundation, and conducted fieldwork in a rural community in Nigeria.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
During my secondary school education, I happened to witness a friend being sexually molested. She screamed for help, and all I could do was cry. I reached out to the elder women in my community about what happened, and they told me to keep mute because spreading it would stop her from getting married in the future. A few days after, she was rushed to the hospital with a perineal tear, which eventually led to her death. I felt I had betrayed my conscience. Since then, I want to stand firm, remove the preference given to the male gender, and create a gender-balanced society.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I reached out to a coworker who had an interest in engaging communities and the Nigerian social media focusing on correcting false health beliefs among Nigerians in pictures and infographics. I spearheaded the section for identifying female sexual health and correcting them. We made sure the messages were direct and to the point. There is ongoing work to translate the English version to local languages, make hard copies, and share them in local communities.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Surfing the internet, reading articles, and working on my tasks at work.
- English (Intermediate)
- health consequences of FGM/C
- CSE in secondary schools