Executive Director of Stand To End Rape (STER), a social enterprise established to advocate against sexual violence and rape has been named the 2020 Global Citizen Prize: Nigeria’s Hero Award winner.
This award also makes the 29-year-old the first Nigerian recipient of this award.
Osowobi, herself a survivor of sexual abuse, launched STER Initiative in 2014 to advocate against gender-based violence (GBV), teach prevention in communities, and support survivors with legal, social, and psychological services.
This isn’t the first time Osowobi will be recognised on a global scale as she was named one of UN’s Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2020.
She was also named in TIME’s “100 Next” list in November 2019 and as Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019.
Reacting to the award, Osowobi said:
I am elated to be recognised as the first Nigeria’s Hero Award winner because it’s coming at a defining moment. The recognition puts a global spotlight on the work I’ve done in the past six years to defy the culture of silence in Nigeria and promote the safety and well-being of women. I’m joining the global network of Global Citizens!
This recognition highlights the advocacy efforts of the Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) and fosters opportunities for networking, collaborations, and funding.
I am absolutely elated to announce that I am the first-ever recipient of the 2020 @GlblCtzn Nigeria’s Hero Award for my advocacy in sexual & gender-based violence prevention & response in Nigeria via @StandtoEndRape. Thank you Global Citizen! #GCPrize
Mama I made it — again!!! pic.twitter.com/8nOCxpM5wd
— Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi (@AyodejiOsowobi) December 8, 2020
The Country Hero Award will be presented during the Global Citizen Prize award ceremony.
According to Global Citizen, the award honours “individuals around the world who have shown exceptional commitment to the UN’s Global Goals in their country and globally, and championing the most vulnerable people. Individuals and organisations have been presented with the award in Nigeria, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, and the UK.”
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