- Age: 29
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It is an established fact that empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps across all sectors will foster sustainable growth and development. So, let us strive to achieve this goal together and leave no one behind.
- Queen-Esther Ode
Queen-Esther Ode was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a Master of Science in Food Supply Economics from Benue State University in 2018. As Program Coordinator at International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility, Queen-Esther supports planning and coordination of programs, monitors project budget and track expenditures, manages communications, keeps all members of the team up-to-date with relevant project information, schedules and organizes meetings, and communicates with team members to ensure maximum efficiency. Additionally, she is a volunteer at Nigerian Women Trust Fund, volunteer at Project Pink Blue, and volunteer at Purple Foundation.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I grew up in a community that did not place a high value on the ideas and opinions of girls and women. I watched my mum, aunts, and women around me struggle daily, working in low paid jobs with little exposure to better economic opportunities. This ignited my pursuit for gender equality.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
When I led my team to provide sensitization and awareness programs for 135 girls in three secondary schools in Abuja, Nigeria. This sensitization also included 30 market women with a focus on knowing their rights and actionable steps to take when they are violated or see any girl or women being violated.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Traveling to tourist sites, singing, and watching documentaries.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- women's rights and bodily autonomy
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Training in Ending Violence Against Girls and Women by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund in collaboration with Ford Foundation