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Nigerian rights activist and Co-convener of #BringBackOurGirls movement, Aisha Yesufu, has been listed among the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for the year 2020.
The activist was listed alongside Sanna Marin, who leads Finland’s all-female coalition government, Michelle Yeoh, star of the new Avatar and Marvel films, and Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford University research into a Coronavirus vaccine, as well as Jane Fonda, a climate activist and actress.
According to the BBC, this year’s 100 Women list ‘is highlighting those who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times’.
Yesufu has also been at the forefront of the EndSARS movement, a campaign that gained traction on social media globally against the excesses of a deadly police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. She was born by Edo parents but was raised in Kano and has always shared her difficult experiences of being a girl-child in a heavily patriarchal environment.
She said, ‘By the time I was 11 years old, I did not have any female friends because all of them had been married off but I wanted to be educated and leave the ghetto.’Most of my mates were almost grandmothers when I married at 24.’
Writing on her official Facebook page Aisha said ‘Thank you @csr_n_action for nominating me for COMMUNITY AND Human Rights (CAHR) Awards. Thank you to everyone that voted for me. Thank you my fellow nominees for the Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Award. You are all winners. I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE! #NigeriaMustWorkInOurLifeTime
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK