Olaoluwa Abagun

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Olaoluwa Abagun
Born Olaoluwa Abagun
Residence Lagos
Nationality Nigeria
Education Obafemi Awolowo University
Occupation Lawyer, Women rights activist

Olaoluwa Abagun is a Nigerian lawyer and women's rights activist.

Early life and education[edit]

Abagun was born in Lagos, she had her secondary education at Queens college, before studying Law at Obafemi Awolowo University.[1] She identifies as a Christian.[2]

Abagun was born in an inter-religious family. Her dad is a Muslim, while her mum is a Christian.[2] She is the only female child of her parents' four children. Growing up, she described her childhood as being treated the same as her brothers, as her dad and mum treated her with little form of gender consciousness.[3] In another interview, she revealed that her parents unknowingly set her on the path of feminism. She traced her passion for human rights to a speech on understanding the child rights act when she was 13.[3]

At 15, she met with then Governor Babatunde Fashola and his cabinet, and was rewarded with a computer. Abagun described this event as an encouraging factor in her determination for women advocacy.[2]

Activism[edit]

Before graduating with a Law degree in 2015, Abagun wrote articles centered on women issues, and was a 2014 finalist at the "Africa Youth Day Essay Competition" for her work titled Policies on the Empowerment of Young Women in Africa: The Missing Piece in the African Jigsaw. She also created "Girl Pride Circle", an organization that fights for the rights of women in Nigeria.[4]

In March 2016, at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the empowerment of girls, she launched Safe Kicks Initiative: Adolescent Girls Against Sexual Violence, which aims to train victims of sexual violence and women in general on how to defend themselves physically through learning martial arts.[5] By July 2016, she was reported to be training over 250 female teenagers through this project. She also became the only Nigerian to be awarded monetary grant from Women Deliver organization.[6] She also addressed the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly with a speech on gender issues.[2]

In July 2017, she was selected as one of the six "exceptional" Nigerians to discuss on the topic Fast Forward: Preparing the World to Come with members of UK parliament. She noted that she would put effort in ensuring "gender equality", and increase the political consciousness of Nigerian women through advocating for better welfare, education and government policies.[7]

On feminism, she described it as "ensuring everyone, both male and female deserves ample space to explore their full potentials", while re-echoing the statement of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that "we all should be feminist". She also noted that people should not be seen with emphasis on gender in mind.[3] She defined feminism as "an ideology that simply champions equal socio-economic opportunities for all, regardless of gender", noting that "it is not a battle of the sexes" as being misconstrued by many.[2] In January 2018, she voiced her discontent about the lack of interest in politics from Nigerian women, admonishing them to partake in the Nigerian general election, 2019.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ admin. "Ms Olaoluwa Abagun". Wise Initiative. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kumolu, Charles (October 18, 2017). "ABAGUN: Fashola's whispers added more springs to my legs". Vanguard (Nigeria). Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Kalejaiye, Esther (August 27, 2016). "I am an unapologetic feminist" Olaoluwa Abagun". The Guardian. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ admin. "Olaoluwa Abagun". Women Deliver. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ Attia, Karin (March 23, 2016). "Who runs the world? Girls! Not at the UN CSW". Open Democracy. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ admin (July 21, 2016). "How Olaoluwa Abagun Is Raising 250 Adolescent Girls To Help Prevent Sexual Violence In Alimosho". women.ng. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ admin (July 21, 2017). "Six Nigerians tapped to debate global issues in UK Parliament". Premium Times. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Female leaders fear women being sidelined in Nigeria's 2019 elections". Reuters. Retrieved 2018-02-01.