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Oluwaseun Osowobi

Oluwaseun Osowobi

Stand to End Rape (STER)

Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi is the Executive Director of Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), an organisation raising awareness on sexual violence and working to end this through education, support for victims, and changing community perceptions towards sexual violence and under her leadership, at the Social Media Awards Africa in 2015, STER Initiative won an award for the Best Use of Social Media by an NGO in Africa.

She is a graduate of Development Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations with specialization in Gender Studies from Swansea University, United Kingdom. She started her advocacy work by interning at the United Nations Headquarters, New York and Half the Sky Movement where she wrote articles on women, girls, children and social justice.

Ayodeji was selected as the only young activist from Nigeria to speak at The Carter Center’s “Mobilizing Action for Women and Girls in West Africa” Forum in Ghana. She uses her voice in the social media space to create awareness among Nigeria’s growing social media users on rape and gender-based violence among other issues. Ayodeji is a Vital Voices Fellow and a 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Highly-Commended Runner-Up.