From Lagos, Nigeria

Dr Abiola Akiyode Afolabi

Dr Abiola Akiyode Afolabi is the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and a prominent voice of the feminist movement in Africa advocating for gender equality, voice and participation of women and Girls. Abiola unapologetically advocates for gender re-balancing in resources, legal rights and participation as well as equal social relations. She emphasizes specific needs of women to promote gender justice in her multi ethnic, multi religious and multi-cultural context.

Abiola is currently the Chairperson of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) the largest civil society coalition on elections in Nigeria and Acting Secretary West African Law and Religion Society (WACLAS), a former student leader and a 1999 recipient of the Defenders’ Day Award which she received at an impressive ceremony in New York city on Dec 9 1999 the 1ST anniversary of UN Defenders’ Declaration.

Abiola specializes in Peace and Security, Gender and the Law, Human Rights and Democratic Governance. She has undertaken several national assignments on the review of relevant laws and constitution affecting elections and good governance in Nigeria

As a prominent member of the Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) movement, she leads the campaign for safe and secure schools in the North East Nigeria and belongs to several boards of organizations in and around Africa

Abiola lectures at the University of Lagos with several academic publications to her credit