Meet Saudatu Mahdi, a women's right advocate who helped spearhead the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. For years, she has fought to end violence against women and didn't hesitate to take action after hearing that 276 schoolgirls had been abducted in Nigeria. Read more about her work with Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative - WRAPA Nigeria
In Nigeria, Mahdi is a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy Group. Mahdi collaborated with Nigeria's former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili; the Director General of Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman; and the Special Adviser for Social Protection Plan to the Nigerian President, Maryam Uwais, among others, to launch the campaign for the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. The campaign resulted in the global adoption of the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.Mahdi and her legal team successfully campaigned for the release of Amina Lawal Kurami, who was accused of adultery and condemned to death by stoning by a Sharia court in Katsina State. Lawal had a baby girl out of wedlock in 2002, and the child was presented as proof of her infidelity in court.
In 2001, Mahdi and her legal team defended Safiyatu Hussaini, who was convicted of adultery and condemned to death by stoning by the Upper Sharia Court in Gwadabawa, Sokoto State.
"We are not to say it is she/he who does the change but it is I who should be the change and the change is from me too."
THE LUNCH OF THE G-ilmi PROJECT
Women as a group in Nigeria, suffer series of deprivation, discrimination and degrading practices in their private and public life.
They are victims and survivors of different forms and expressions of injustices and are grossly underrepresented in decision making structures...