Dr. KEZIAH AWOSIKA is a Nigerian Research Economist specializing in the area of money and banking, macro-economic issues and economics of development. She studied at St. Hilda’s and St. Anne’s Colleges, and obtained her Phd Degree in Oxford University.
She has written many articles which have been published in local and international journals. She is currently on the research committee of Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria (CIBN). She is also a foundation member and chapter president of Association of African Women in Research and Development (AAWORD). – a pan African research organization founded in 1977 headquarters based in Dakar – Senegal
She worked on the national focal point on Women in development and its first main draft of programs and its Statistical Support System under the UNDP 4th Country Programme for Nigeria, which has now resulted in the National Policy for Women. Dr Awosika, participated actively at the NGO Forum of the Beijing 95 World Conference of Women.
Her Consultancy assignments have included study report on ECOWAS Financing for African Development Bank (ADB), Women in Trade and Industry for UNIFEM Project and collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education to mount a Train the Trainers program using the Participatory Learning Approach to Girl’s Education, with the Centre for Democratic Studies on Gender Budgeting Initiative for Nigeria.
Dr Awosika is in the forefront of activism for women’s rights including the current “more women in democracy and governance” campaign, participation in Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) and the National Affirmative Action Network amongst others. She Is the chairperson of the Lagos state Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT).
She is currently, the Coordinator/Director of Women, Law and Development Centre (WLDCN), a non-governmental, non-profit making training research and advocacy center specializing in socio-economic/legal issues with emphasis on gender perspectives. The mission is total empowerment of women to make them agents of change on their own behalf.
On Gender equity in Nigeria she has this to say ““The whole world is moving towards equality; we are moving backwards and I think we must do a lot to address this at every level, not only in terms of national appointments, (but also) in terms of elections.