About founder

Bio sketch of Dr. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Ph.D. (Nig.), LLM (London), LL.B. (Nig.), BL (Lagos), Diploma, Peace & Conflict Res (Uppsala); Diploma, Gender Studies CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal. She attended the International Institute of Human Rights and the International Centre for University Teaching of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.Joy Ezeilo was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children in June 2008 and her mandate was renewed in 2011 for another term of three years by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva.
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo is a lawyer, feminist and scholar/activist. She teaches Law at the Department of Public and Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria and pioneered, since 1997, the teaching of the Course, “Women, Children and the Law” making her Faculty and University the first to do so. She has served Nigerian governments at both the state and federal levels in different capacities; notably as the Honourable Commissioner for Gender and Social Development, Enugu State (2003-2004), and a federal delegate to the National Political Reform Conference. She was appointed by the Honourable Attorney General and the Minister for Justice to chair the Committee drafting a Bill Elimination of Violence and by the Enugu State Governor as a member of the Governing Council of Citizen’s Rights and Mediation Center, Enugu.
She is also the founding director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), a national organization that promotes human rights of women and young people. Joy Ezeilo is a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening scholarship (1995) and a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Funds for Leadership Development (1998). She has also received several national and international awards, including being conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2006 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the area of nation building, legal scholarship, advocacy, civil society movement and community service. Dr. Ezeilo is a visiting professor to several universities, especially in North America and a regent Professor, University of California, Riverside. As a legal practitioner, barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, she takes on human rights cases on a pro bono basis representing poor and vulnerable women and young people. She has delivered public lectures around the world on human rights, human trafficking, gender, peace, democracy and good governance, and has published extensively in similar areas of law.