WOCON RELEASE A STATEMENT IN HONOUR OF BISI OLATERU-OLAGBEGI (THE DEPARTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) 4TH AUG, 2016
PRESS RELEASE BY WOMEN CONSORTIUM OF NIGERIA (WOCON)
IN HONOUR OF OUR DEPARTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TODAY, AUGUST 4, 2016 WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN HER 63RD BIRTHDAY
THE LADY, Olabisi Ibijoke Olateru-Olagbegi
(August 4, 1953 – December 17, 2015)
Born on this date (August 4), Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi would have been 63years old today!
Snatched away nearly eight months ago by the cold hands of death, this is one lady who could not be silenced, even by death. An esteemed Lawyer, Gender Consultant, Researcher and Award Winner many times over, including the Nigerian Bar examinations (1976), Bisi was called to the Nigerian Bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1976. She was a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and a Notary Public of Nigeria.
Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi co-founded Women Consortium of Nigeria popularly called WOCON in 1995 with three other professional women to address the challenge of the gap created between the laws and policies on women’s rights and the implementation of such laws and policies and she subsequently became Executive Director. A Board member of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), a Regional Network of Women NGO’s committed to advocacy, legal literacy and rights of women, Bisi held many National appointments including the membership of the Legal Advisory Committee to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the period 1981-1983and the National Conference, Nigeria in 2014.
In her many struggles against human trafficking, she fought tirelessly to give hope to many and worked on the frontline to lift the veil of ignorance, to educate, retrain, improve living conditions and eliminate the causes of poverty which made women and children vulnerable to exploitation. Her many struggles for the prevention of child exploitation and women’s sexual exploitation became the cornerstone of WOCON's support in the region to combat all forms of violence against women and she did not relent until women and girls were liberated and provided with life skills and were economically empowered.
Bisi’s highly esteemed legacies and campaigns for women political empowerment, campaign for the adoption of the Affirmative Action Policy, Civic and Voter education campaigns, all in a bid to ensure equal representation of women in governance will never be forgotten.
Today which would have been her 63rd birthday, WOCON celebrates Chief (Mrs) Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi, a Jewel, a Model, a Mentor and a great woman of great impact, whose works continue to speak even after her death.
We celebrate her in life and now in death and as we look back today, we salute her courage in upholding the struggle to end modern slavery and for doing so much for humanity, especially for womenfolk.
We in WOCON are proud to uphold her values and to keep the flag flying.
May she continue to rest in perfect peace.
Morenike Omaiboje, Director of Programmes
ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US AT WOCON
Women Consortium of Nigeria