Nigerian Receives International Woman of Courage Award from Michelle Obama


Josephine Odumakin is a Nigerian human rights activist. She has handled over 2,000 cases of violations of women’s rights in the past 20years, which included cases of extra judicial practices committed by government security agencies against women. Her advocacy led her to be arrested and detained seventeen times during the dictatorship of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s regime.

Dr. Odumakin is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Democratic Studies; President of Women Arise for Change Initiative; Chairman, Task Force of the Citizen Forum; Spokesperson, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations; and President, Centre for Participatory Democracy.


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