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Celebrating the hard work of women on gender policy


Drawn from over 1,100 nominations world over, Priscilla made the Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2021- Apolitical. This list recognises and celebrates the hard work of women on gender policy to make the world more equitable through policymaking, public service, research, philanthropy, advocacy, activism et al.

Priscilla was the 2019 recipient of Yemisi Ransome Kuti (YRK) Leadership Award – organized by the Nigeria Network of NGOs for the sole purpose of honouring outstanding Nigerians working in the not-for-profit sector who exemplify the leadership ideals of Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, a civil society activist and founding Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs.

Priscilla Usiobaifo of BraveHeart Initiative – BHI functions in the area of youth empowerment under which she carries out volunteer training, leadership training, and economic skills training; Sexual and Reproductive Health ennoblement through awareness creation, peer education, and provision of counseling services; Gender and Human rights sensitization, mobilization and advocacy. She has also been able to establish safe space for over 500 SGBV survivors in Edo State.

Priscilla Ikos Usiobaifo is the Founder and Executive Director of BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women (BHI), a feminist organisation advancing young people’s sexual and reproductive health and promoting women’s rights in Nigeria.

Priscilla proudly identifies as an African feminist activist and has institutionalized her feminist ideologies at BraveHeart Initiative where she raises younger generation of feminist advocates and activists. She advocates for community system strengthening and has made a remarkable impact on young people’s SRHR Programming, especially in rural communities.

Priscilla leads advocacy for gender-related laws, and she is one of the most committed voices on the issue of rape in Nigeria.

She has intervened in over 500 cases of sexual violence and successfully facilitated court convictions of 17 Sex Offenders in Edo State, Nigeria. Priscilla is a Fellow of the ARSRC – Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship and an Alumni of the CREA Sexuality, Gender & Rights Institute. She is a member of the National Technical Advisory Working Group on Adolescent Health & Development and currently chairs the Service Providers Accountability Resource Committee (SPARC) in Edo State, Nigeria.

She was recently celebrated by the British Council in Nigeria for challenging the status quo and progressing women’s rights in her community and was branded as an Orange Champion by the US Embassy Nigeria. A 2019 nominee of the FP1 20 Under 40 Award; and a recipient of the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award.

From today till 31st March for #TheGenerationEqualityForum holding in Mexico, Priscilla Usi-Ubaifo virtually joins other #SRHRexperts as a panelist under the theme: ‘Understanding challenges to bodily autonomy and respect of sexual and reproductive health and rights. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on access to health and reproductive rights.

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