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Board Members

Dr Abiola Akiyode- Afolabi – Chairperson

Dr. Abiola AkiyodeAfolabi is a legal practitioner and the Executive Director Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) and a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is a leading human rights defender in Nigeria with specialization in gender, peace, security and International human rights law. In recognition of her commitment and efforts on behalf of her fellow citizens, the International League for Human Rights USA named her a recipient of the 1999 Defenders’ Day Awards and a recipient of so many other national and international awards. She has also led several coalitions including Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) founded in 2003. She is also the President of Transition Monitoring Group, a coalition of over 400 civil society organizations in Nigeria. She has published extensively on women’s political participation and has also worked as a consultant on several projects to both local and international organizations.

Dr. Lydia Umar is a Nigerian, educationist. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Development (Social Studies) 2001. She started development work as volunteer with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 1997. She co – founded Gender Awareness Trust (GAT), a National NGO in 2000 and is its current Executive Director. She is a gender activist and peacebuilding practitioner, an experienced trainer and facilitator at workshops /meetings. A Faculty Staff of the West Africa Peace Institute (WAPI) of WANEP, Accra, Gender trainer of UN Gender Technical Team members in Sierra Leone, Gender Audited UNFPA, appointed Gender Adviser to Humanitarian Dialogue. Participated in drafting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Gender Policy. Member Advisory Team of the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) that produced a Policy and its corresponding Situation Analysis Report for Kaduna State.

Consultant in producing CEDAW reports and a delegate in CEDAW country report defence July, 2017. Consultant in drafting the chapter on Gender in Nigerian Police Human Right Training Manual and trained over 2,000 Police officers on gender & Policing. Consultant in developing Nigeria’s first and reviewed NAP for the implementation of UN Resolution 1325. As current Nigeria’s Country Representative of UNOWAS Working Group of Women Youths Peace & Security, she has participated in election Observation Mission to Guinea and Solidarity Mission to Niger. Dr Umar has served as Chair, Member or Coordinator of International, Regional , National & Local Organizations. Among are such as Chairperson Steering Committee of Global Crisis Preventive Mechanism for West Africa, headquatered in Bern, Switzerland; Regional & National West Africa Network for Peace (WANEP); West Africa Women in Peace Building Network(WIPNET), Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN); Nigeria Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN); Chair, Diamond Development

Dr Ejiro Joyce Otive-Igbuzor holds a PhD in Microbiology (TB-HIV Co-infection). She is the Executive Director, Women Empowerment and Reproductive Health Centre (WERHC), a non-governmental, Africa-focused organization. Ejiro previously worked as Country Director of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and as Gender and HIV/AIDS Programme Coordinator for Anglophone West Africa with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She is currently the Managing Director, Emerald International Development Services (EIDS) Limited and has provided consultancy services to local and international clients in several thematic areas including project design, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum development, research and documentation, gender audit, strategic planning, advocacy toolkit development and training. She is also a Pastor with the Palace of Priest Assembly.

Professor Umaru Pate is a Professor of Media and Society formally of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Maiduguri where he was the head of Department for many years and a mentor of groomer of many students and colleagues. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Media, Communication and Film Studies, Bayero University, Kano. He is a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice; Associate Chair holding Member of the Association of Communication Professors in the Commonwealth (Canada), and the Vice President of the Communication Association of Nigeria (CANI). At different times, he has served as a National or International Consultant to agencies like the USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, EU, the World Bank, NACA, Panos Institute, FMOH, INEC, FES of Germany, DFID the Ford Foundation, and The John D. and Catherine T. MaCarthur Foundation, among others. He has served as a member of many committees – the Federal Government Committee that formulated the National Policy on Community Radio; African Council for Communication Education; Member of the Jigawa State Technical Committee for the Establishment of State Television Station; Consultant for the evaluation of the performance of some community radio stations in Anglophone West Africa.

Professor Patricia DonliExecutive Director/Secretary of the Board

Patricia Donli, the Chairperson of WANEP Nigeria Board is an educationist and lecturer of over 30 years in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maiduguri. She holds a B.Sc (Botany), M.Sc (Crop Protection) and Ph.D Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Plant Pathology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is currently a Professor of Plant Pathology in the University of Maiduguri. She holds various certificates in the area of gender, environment & sustainable development, good governance, con­ict management and mediation, monitoring and evaluation. She is the Executive Director of Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre and Chairs Board of ActionAid Nigeria; and Zonal Coordinator Gender and Constitutional Reform Network (GECORN). the immediate past Board Chair of WANEP- Nigeria and currently a member of the WANEP Regional Board; was a member of the Board of the Tertiary Education TrustFund and a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group of the UN Women in Nigeria. She is a gender activist who consults both for National and International Organizations. She was the Lead Consultant for WANEP on the Development and Implementation of National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and Related Resolutions: A Guideline. She facilitated the development and publication of the Borno State Action Plan on the the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and Related Resolutions. She is a member of many professional bodies and a recipient of many national and international awards

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