Nigerian Rape Survivor Wins Bill Gates’ 2020 Changemaker Award

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Gender and disabilities rights activist Hauwa Ojeifo has won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Changemaker Award for 2020.

Ojeifo, a sexual and domestic abuse survivor was recognised for her work in promoting gender equality (Global Goal #5). She is the founder of She Writes Woman, a women-led movement giving the issue of mental health a voice in Nigeria.

“I am proud to be this year’s winner of the Goalkeepers Global Goals Changemaker Award (by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) for my continuing work on Goal 5, Gender Equality and Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing with my organisation She Writes Woman,” Ojeifor said in a tweet.

The 2020 Changemaker Award celebrates an individual who has inspired change using personal experience or from a position of leadership.

The announcement was made during the Gates Foundation Global Goalkeeper Award won by director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Dr. John Nkengasong, The Nation reported.

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, while commending Nkengasong and the Africa CDC for their commitment to the fight against COVID-19 said “Dr. Nkengasong and his team at Africa CDC are deeply deserving of this award.”

He added that “their commitment to securing the latest innovations from elsewhere in the world—as well as developing them themselves—will go a long way towards ensuring that the continent has the vaccines and medicines it needs to fight COVID-19”

“The 2020 Global Goalkeeper Award recognises an established individual demonstrating significant commitment to health and development, specifically in response to the pandemic. The award was presented to Dr. Nkengasong, a central voice for Africa’s scientific community,” Gates added.

As co-chair of the Africa CDC Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials (CONCVACT), Nkengasong is leading the securement of a variety of late-stage vaccine clinical trials on the continent by bringing together global vaccine developers, funders, and local facilitators.

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