Chukwudera Bridget Okeke
- Age: 38
- | Grant Recipient
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Chukwudera Bridget Okeke is passionate about using Information, Education, and Communication materials and social media to educate young people on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Bridget was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a master’s degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. As a Volunteer Board Member for the Concern Women International Development Initiative, she is responsible for governing and overseeing the operations of the organization, supporting the fundraising for the organization, providing leadership in the implementation of the organization’s SRHR, Maternal Health, and Gender-Equality projects, supporting the development of the Monitoring and evaluation system, overseeing staff work and ensuring financial policy are in practiced, and empowering girls and women to make informed decisions about their bodies.
Since becoming a Young Leader, Bridget is proud she provided female sex workers with SRHR information, including negotiation skills and correct and consistent use of condoms, and created an enabling environment between the police and sex workers. She also presented the “Free Maternal and Child Healthcare in Kano State” before the Kano State House of Assembly, leading to a revision of the legislative bill to now include Child Health. Additionally, Bridget was selected to receive an Education UK Alumni Social Impact Finalist Award by British Council 2016. As an advocate, she established a 20-person committee to serve as a watchdog against any form of gender-based violence, including child marriage, in the Vandiyka community of Benue State.
Bridget was inspired to become an advocate by Dr. Stella Iwuagwu, who inspired her to believe that all girls and women have an inherent right to dignity and a life free from violence.
In her free time, Bridget enjoys volunteering with her peers.