- Age: 24
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In order to create a better world, we must ensure that no one is left behind. With deliberate action and collaborative efforts, we can improve the quality of life for all humans.
- Yvonne Ekoh
Yvonne Ekoh was born and raised in Nigeria. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos in 2018. Yvonne is a Convener of Pad for Her, Coordinator of Sofadondo Nigeria Kogi Chapter, an advocacy group against sex for grades and sexual harassment in Nigerian universities, volunteer at Amnesty International, and a Global Citizen. Yvonne believes in the power of the pen and writes, hoping to create positive change in today’s world.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My pursuit for gender equality was ignited by my observation that women got the shorter end of the stick in many situations. I came to understand that until equality is achieved, many injustices against women will continue to thrive.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
In January 2020, I started Pad for Her to combat period poverty by distributing reusable sanitary supplies to schoolgirls in Nigeria who cannot afford them. I also spoke to them about menstrual hygiene. Period poverty makes young girls miss school, and many have to use unhealthy alternatives when on their periods. Reusable sanitary supplies are breathable, cost effective, and better for the environment. I have been to three schools so far, and about two hundred girls have benefit from the program.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching TV shows.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Yoruba (Intermediate)
- eradicating period poverty and stigma
- combating GBV
- gender and development
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- NYSC State Merit Award Batch A (2019)