Former US president Barack Obama has expressed excitement over the recognition of the Founder, Stand to End Rape (STER), Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, as an influential advocate by an American-based news magazine and news website, Time, on the list of Time 100 Next 2019.
Commenting on the recognition of the Founder STER, Obama said he’s proud of Osowobi’s effort towards ending sexual violence in Nigeria.
“Proud to see Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi in this list. She’s an Obama Foundation Leader who’s organising young people in Nigeria to help end sexual violence, and her work embodies what our foundation is all about: passing the baton to the next generation,” said Obama, while writing on his verified Twitter handle.
While listing Osowobi on its 100 Next 2019, Time magazine wrote:
“Dismayed by the lack of resources available for sexual-assault survivors in Nigeria, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi decided to start an organisation dedicated to the issue – despite her fears.
“‘Telling my story as a survivor, that comes with a lot of stigma,’ Osowobi tells TIME.
“Five years on, her organisation Stand to End Rape (STER) has reached around 200,000 people across the country through its services, such as training for health workers and counseling for survivors.
“Osowobi – who has been honored as an Obama Foundation emerging leader – has big plans for 2020, including lobbying the Nigerian government for a stronger bill addressing harassment at universities.”
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