Uchenna Idoko understands that improving women’s active participation in a country’s economic activities can reduce poverty. Increasing women’s and girls’ access to health care, employment and credit can accelerate economic growth.
Idoko, an economist who specialises in gender, is the founder of Center for Gender Economics Initiatives (CGE Africa). CGE Africa is a policy think tank that conducts research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy and advance economic opportunities and outcomes for African women.
Uchenna Idoko has worked on gender equality programming and gender inclusive policy for seventeen years with a variety of NGOs and donor agencies. Most recently, she worked as a consultant for UN WOMEN, UK AID, CHAI, GIZ, Ford Foundation and OXFAM in Nigeria. She recently released a book titled, ‘Land For Her: Nigeria Women, Land Rights and Livelihoods‘.
She is currently working on a research which focuses on the political economy of integrating gender into government budgets.
To mark 16 Days of Activism, I am honouring 16 Remarkable Women who painstakingly work to educate on gender inequality, human rights and putting an end to violence against women and girls.