HAFSAT ABIOLA

HAFSAT ABIOLA

PRESIDENT OF WOMEN IN AFRICA

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Hafsat Abiola is the President of Women in Africa.

She served as a member of the Ogun State cabinet where she pioneered the use of mobile phones to deliver cash grants to poor pregnant women to ensure their access to health centres for antenatal to post-natal care and worked on programmes
to ensure inclusive growth to address high youth unemploy- ment.

Through her non-profit, the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), she has worked to promote a groundswell of exemplary women leaders and build pathways to public service for them.

Motivated by women’s strength, Hafsat believes that the challenges facing the continent of Africa offer opportunities for women’s leadership to emerge.
She is one global councillors of the World Future Council ; a recipient of several interna- tional awards, including the Vital Voices’ Public Service Award, Goi Peace Foundation Award, and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leadership community, her work is a tribute to her parents who lost their lives while leading the democracy movement that brought an end to military rule in Nigeria in the ‘90s.

Crédits photos Rémi Schapman