British Council Celebrates Itoro Eze Anaba On 75th Anniversary

The British Council, during its 75th anniversary, celebrated an Amazon, Mrs Itoro Eze Anaba alongside three other individuals: Chinasa Ukandu ( Sports coach ), Arc (Mrs) Abiola Fayemi representing Arc. Prof John Godwin Founder Legacy (the historical group), Efe Paul Azino, Founder, Lagos International poetry festival.

Itoro Eze Anaba was hailed for her works in Human rights, as she has combed the length and breadth of the country to speak and fight against sexual assault, and has also provided a safe space for survivors of sexual abuse in Nigeria.

She founded the first sexual assault centre in Nigeria, and the second in West Africa, amongst her many other achievements.

Itoro Eze-Anaba, through the Mirabel Centre, has provided a safe space for over 4500 survivors of rape where medical and psychosocial services are offered to them for FREE.

She was the first person in Nigeria to draft the Domestic Violence Bill and did an advocacy campaign for its passage into law in 12 state assemblies and the National Assembly.

Itoro Eze Anaba

She founded the first all-male advocacy group, Blue Ribbon, which speaks against rape. Her works have not gone unnoticed with recognitions coming through awards like; Outstanding Research and Writer Awards LL.M 2006 from the American University, Washington Centre of Law, Outstanding Achievement Award of the Justice for All Programme of the Department of International Development and the Commonwealth Point of Light Award.

Eze Anaba is also an honoree of the prestigious Vlisco Women’s Month 2015.

The Mirabel Centre, which is the first centre against Sexual Assault in Nigeria has gained recognition from the Queen of England.

The British Council dedicated its 75th anniversary towards celebrating Itoro Eze-Anaba, a woman whose feats are reshaping the lives of women, girls and other vulnerable persons in Nigeria, and has proven to be a worthy example and great role model to young women in the country and in the continent.

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