- Age: 28
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Understanding that oppressors never give away power, it is up to us to rise, fight, and overturn systems created to oppress us. We must address the root of sexual violence, examine our structures and inflect on our beliefs. Rape culture, which is built by normalizing narratives, can only be deconstructed by unlearning and correcting.
- Uche Umolu
Uche Umolu is originally from Nigeria and currently lives in Canada. She received a Bachelor of Commerce in Digital Business Management from Humber College in 2019. As a Career-Ready Program Coordinator at Technation, Uche is responsible for delivering the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and offering employers subsidies to hire tech students. As Executive Director and Founder of The Consent Workshop, she leads over 200 professionals to provide consent education, resources, and social awareness to deconstruct rape culture in Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, and St. Vincent and Grenadines.
Additionally, Uche is Development and Brand Manager of SisiMag.com, a digital independent lifestyle and culture magazine that caters to the Black female diaspora and focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and culture, offering a platform for young girls and women to excel and focus. She is also a member of the Nigerian Feminist Forum Board.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My passion for gender equality was ignited by my search for liberation. Growing up in a Nigerian environment and escaping gender roles, it became evident that they were many systems actively working to oppress women.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
In March 2018, my team and I launched an online petition urging the Federal Republic of Nigeria to implement a sex offenders registry. That petition garnered necessary social awareness and over 8,000 signatures globally on change.org. As a sexual violence survivor and advocate for justice reform, it was a big win for myself, other victims, and my team that a sexual offenders registry was implemented in Nigeria in November 2019.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Gaming, volunteering, traveling, and cooking.
- "No means no" consent training overlooks nuances of sex: experts
- International Women's Day: 5 vibrant women leading the fight for gender rights in Nigeria
- #NameandShame: Why do we need a sex offenders’ registry in Nigeria?
- Activism, Feminism, and Patriarchy with Nelo, Founder of The Consent Workshop
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- UN and British Council Youth Innovator Canada (2019)
- Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership (2019)
- CIBWE 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada (2019)
- Gates Foundation Goal Keeper (2019)
- 100 NCS Youth Leader UK (2012)
- UN Active Citizen Summit Training