Glad To Serve: Dorothy Njemanze

Dorothy Njemanze believes in the strength of diversity and that peace and freedom are better assured when human rights are respected. She is the founder of Dorothy Njemanze Foundation. Working with the Foundation, she has been able to amplify the voices of women and children in domestic or sexual violence situations and supported access to legal, medical and economic empowerment, using the media.
In October 2017, the ECOWAS court of justice delivered a landmark judgement in favour of Dorothy Njemanze and three other plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought against the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria was found guilty of gender based violence and is the first country to be pronounced by a court to have contravened the provisions of the Maputo protocol.
Dorothy Njemanze’s organization has helped many indigent victims of gender based violence access justice through the courts. It also creates audiovisual advocacy materials in local languages and translated into sign language for grassroots reorientation and provisions of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, Childs Rights Act, Disability Rights Bill.

Njemanze is passionate about using film to inspire attitudinal change for the benefits of human rights by telling local stories. She inspired the award winning documentary, Silent Tears, which tells of the ordeals of the victims of gender based violence victims by state actors in Nigeria.

She is an actress, filmmaker public speaker and investigative journalist. She has courageously helped expose the random abduction and gross violation of women and girls resident in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.  She has been arrested and assaulted several times in the course of her advocacy.  She is a proud supporter of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.



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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