Olorunnisola (Sola) Abe
- Age: 31
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From family planning to female genital mutilation and other sexual and reproductive health matters, it is important to empower women with quality information so that they can independently make informed choices about their own bodies. A smart society is one that empowers its women.
- Olorunnisola (Sola) Abe
Olorunnisola (Sola) Abe was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a post-graduate degree in broadcast journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2015. As a Reporter at Woman.NG, Sola generates ideas, identifies, and interviews women with strong developmental and influential stories that will inspire positive changes, writes news articles and features, and manages and raises the website’s profile on social media. As a volunteer at Sanitary Aid Initiative, she trains and facilitates projects that push for the actualization of Sustainable Development Goal 3 on healthy living for all. In doing so, Sola visits schools to speak to underprivileged girls about menstrual hygiene management, ensuring that hundreds of young girls are not deprived of their educational rights simply because they are going through one of the most important phases of their development.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Growing up, I remembered my father telling me and my sisters that he didn’t care if we were girls, that he would make sure we went to the university and achieve what he couldn’t as he didn’t have the privilege to. My personal experience at that young age was an eye opener for me; it introduced me to what gender equality is. Sadly, not many girls have the opportunity that I had. Although I am glad that the discussions around empowering women are being held, it is also sad to realize that many people still undermine the importance of the role of women in society.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
In 2018, my project on why the end of FGM may take longer than anticipated in Nigeria was featured at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. This was because of my work as youth partner with Wellbeing Women for Africa, a foundation championing the cause of women in the country. The book was distributed to representatives from other countries as a model to work with.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time alone, enjoying great conversations, reading, and traveling are great ways I relax. I'm hoping to take a trip outside of my country soon.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Yoruba (Advanced/Native)
- menstrual hygiene management
- impact of GBV on women