UAF is thrilled to introduce our new Director of Programs, Otibho Obianwu. We hope that you will join us in welcoming Otibho and know that you will enjoy getting to know her, her work, and her impact for and with our communities and movements.
“I feel very fortunate to be joining a formidable feminist institution at a pivotal time for women, trans, and non-binary activists, our movements and communities. I am eager to contribute to our work supporting activists to co-create a world that is equitable and just using approaches that are grounded in feminist values, principles and practices. I am truly looking forward to collaborating with my incredible colleagues, our sister funds and partners to ensure that UAF continues to meet this transformative moment with the same courage, creativity, tenacity and intersectionality that has been demonstrated by the activists we serve throughout this trying year.”
– Otibho Obianwu, UAF’s Director of Programs
Otibho brings her rich lived experience and deep passion for and commitment to justice, equity, health and well-being, and movement building, to resourcing social justice movements. Prior to joining UAF, she served as a Program Officer on the Grantmaking team at the International Women’s Health Coalition where she resourced and supported feminist and women-led groups advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Otibho has extensive experience advocating for the SRHR of women, adolescents and young people, and LGBTQI persons. She organized as part of the founding leadership at the Women’s Health and Equal Rights Initiative, a feminist organization focused on advancing the rights, health, and well-being of lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) women in Nigeria. She has implemented programming to help prevent HIV infection in men who have sex with men and persons who use drugs, which contributed to the design and implementation of more effective programs to support these communities. Her work in collaboration with others to identify and center the various SRHR vulnerabilities facing adolescents and young people helped inform Nigeria’s first national HIV strategy for adolescents and young people as well as guidelines on the age of consent for access to SRH services and participation in research.
Otibho holds an MD from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has led research that examined the shift from traditional to medicalized female genital mutilation/cutting and assessed the health sector’s response to the practice. Additionally, she has also served in various advisory capacities including being a member of Astraea and Mama Cash’s LBQ Women’s Funding Project’s Activist Advisory Committee, and FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund’s Change Team.
In her new role Director of Programs, Otibho will provide management and oversight to the programmatic work at UAF including: rapid response grantmaking; the advisory network; international advocacy; learning & monitoring.
As UAF continues to evolve and grow, we are excited to bring in new ideas and perspectives to contribute to our work and vision. Otibho’s understanding and deep commitment to feminisms, social justice, and human rights will be invaluable additions to our efforts.