- Age: 29
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There would be no genuine sexual liberation for women, girls, and young people without access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information, better and safer contraceptives, and the right to safe, legal abortion. We, young people, must wake up, come together, and fight for the future we want.
- Olabode Ekerin
Olabode Ekerin was born and raised in Nigeria. He received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Lagos State University in 2019. As a Project Director at the WiseUp Initiative for Good Health and Community Development, Olabode supervises the designing, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of sexual and reproductive health projects, with a specific focus on sexual and reproductive health education, contraception and condoms, peer support, and pediatric/youths to adult HIV care and treatment transitions. He is responsible for conducting desk research on sexual and reproductive health issues.
Olabode is also a Community Antiretroviral Clinician at Heartland Alliance Nigeria L/G where he implements both on-field and one-stop-shop-based HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention projects for over 1,200 members of key populations — people who inject drugs (PWID), female sex workers (FSW), men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender (TG) women — in local governments area in Lagos, Nigeria. He leads the implementation of add-on clinical services targeted at the treatment of complications of HIV/AIDS among the target population.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My passion was ignited by my desire to see a world where every woman, girl, and young person lives a healthy and productive life. I have had personal experiences due to the consequences of the lack of access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I was part of the team that implemented the Women Deliver funded project “FPforCampuses” where we trained student influencers at Lagos State University on the use of media and storytelling to develop advocacy messages to push for the proper translation of the reproductive health policy into action in the university.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Event planning, research, networking, photography, and traveling.
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