Dame Judith Amaechi is the wife of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Nigeria and head of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) which campaigns against HIV/AIDS, advocates the rights of the women and children, and promotes gender equity and Girl-Child education.
Amaechi was born on 24 December 1970. She attended Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma for her secondary education. She then attended Rivers State University of Science and Technology, where she graduated as an Urban and Regional Planning Professional. She married Governor Rotimi Amaechi and they have three children.
Amaechi launched the Empowerment Support Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), on 16 October 2008. The NGO provides practical support and advice for women and children, particularly the most disadvantaged. In June 2009, speaking during International Widows Day, Amaechi called for review of native laws and customary practices that cause distress to widows, sometimes throwing them into abject poverty. In March 2010 she visited Israel with the State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Manuela George-Izunwa, to inspect farms and discuss training and development of agriculture among women in Rivers State.
In 2009 Amaechi sponsored a free mass de-worming program Rivers State children. She was a strong supporter of the Child Rights Act passed in Rivers state in 2010, aiming to prevent abuse of children. In August 2010 she opened a four-week Information and Communication Technology Farm, which provides free computer training in the holidays to junior and senior secondary school students.
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