March 8 is International Women’s Day. I will be hosting a webinar on the theme: Choose to challenge gender bias and inequality.
This is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes, call for inclusion, amplify women’s voices, and to celebrate women.
We shall be celebrating all women living beyond limitations, holding up, making an impact, influencing the world, leading positively, motivating the world, transforming lives, standing tall, aiming high, breaking stereotypes, shattering glass ceilings, breaking through concrete walls, striding on sticky floors and escaping career labyrinths.
Host: Roseline Adebimpe Adewuyi
Speakers: Adebanke Ilori Oyeniyi and Gbenga Oni
Coincidentally, both are Mandela Washington Fellows which was not planned by me.
Moderator : Ibere Chims
Time: 4 pm Nigerian Time
Venue: Kindly register on Zoom (https://tinyurl.com/1xeuif5p) Men and Women are Welcomed.
#IWD #IWD2021 #ChoosetoChallenge
Profile of the Speakers
Adebanke Ilori Oyeniyi
Adebanke Ilori is a lawyer and development professional. Her 7 years of professional experience spans across politics, inclusive governance, and legislative reforms.
Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Raising New Voices Initiative, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria, and as the Managing Editor of Lawyard NG, a platform for interactions around the practice of law in Nigeria.
In 2019, Adebanke led New Voices to conduct the national #BreakTheHold campaign providing resources to competent young people under 35 contesting to be members of the Federal House of Representatives. As a woman in politics, she was in 2019 appointed as the National Publicity Secretary of Kowa Party making her the youngest female to occupy the position in Nigeria. Nigeria currently has less than 5% representation of women in politics and she has used this role to prioritize gender mainstreaming and promote initiatives aimed at increasing women participation in politics across the Country.
As an advocate for social equality, she has championed the right of prison inmates to education in line with the UN Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners by collaborating with government and donor agencies to provide formal education to prisoners in Abuja, Nigeria. She has worked for the implementation of laws to promote the rights of children, and prevention of violence against persons. Adebanke is also a part of the coalition pushing for the passage of a new Electoral Act and co-hosts a TV program on African Independent Television to enlighten Nigerians on the importance of electoral reforms.
As a Pan African, she has facilitated extensive deliberations at the African Union on the importance of youth integration in the actualization of Agenda 2063 particularly with the promotion of intracontinental trade.
Adebanke obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and holds a Certificate in Public Management from Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts. She is also currently pursuing her Master’s in International Development and Policy at the University of Chicago.
She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and sits on the boards of various non-governmental organizations in Nigeria
Gbenga Oni is a highly skilled training development specialist and certified Master Trainer. He is motivated about providing leadership for complex sustainable development challenges, helping to connect dots and create values- a creative thinker, mentor, coach, and enabler. His purpose in life is to help people and organisations unlock their potentials. Just like a waterfall, Gbenga’s life flows in sequential progression, nourishing others as it flows along, producing vegetation & cooling-effects.