The Advocate: Abimbola Junaid

 Abimbola Junaid is keen on gender equality, inclusiveness and good governance. She works as a strategist, communicator and policy analyst. She is the founder of Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation, an advocacy platform striving towards the end of all forms of discrimination against women and girls in Nigeria.

Junaid is active in pressure groups advocating a top to bottom approach to end gender inequality such as further constitutional reform of the discriminatory laws as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

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Abimbola Junaid advocates for  gender responsive fiscal policies and women’s participation in decision making via a deliberate policy of 35 % affirmative action for women political representation. To this end, Junaid monitors women participation in politics and nomination to public office and positions. She has also engaged global partners like the Commonwealth secretariat and the UK All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on gender to hold the Nigerian government accountable to gender equality especially criteria concerning  the implementation of foreign aid sponsored programmes.

Since 2016 Abimbola Junaid has  campaigned alongside many gender advocates in the sustained lobbying of the national and state governments on the passing of the Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB). She was a key instrument in the campaign for inclusive electoral process for people living with disabilities and vulnerable persons in Nigeria’s 2015 general elections.

Postscript
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.

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