Chibogu Obinwa is a gender, women’s rights and social development specialist based in Nigeria with experience spanning 18 years. She worked initially with Baobab for Women’s Human Rights (BAOBAB), a Nigerian NGO that works on women’s human rights and legal rights of women under customary, statutory and religious laws. From 2006 – 2011, Chibogu was responsible for Coordination of BAOBAB’s
Research, Documentation and Capacity Building Projects, which included:
– Field research in the 12 States of Northern Nigeria that operate the expanded Sharia legal system. The research covered overall assessment of the impact of the Sharia implementation since inception, on the social, economic and political lives of women.
– the UNFPA research project on the “Root Causes of Gender Based Violence.”
– BAOBAB’s project in Partnership with the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP), USA, on building the capacity of diverse women and men in Africa towards horizontal, gender sensitive, and truly democratic leadership.
– training for 150 Police and Judicial personnel in 12 States of Northern Nigeria that have expanded the Sharia legal system, on “Human Rights from a Gender Perspective.”
Chibogu was also extensively involved in, and coordinated, BAOBAB’s local to global advocacy activities towards the domestication of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
In 2011, Chibogu was appointed Acting Executive Director of Baobab, expanding her skills in management and strategic development of an organisation dedicated to promotion of women’s human rights, with a team of 20 staff and over 80 community based volunteers and Africa hub of the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP)
Chibogu also provided consultancy support, specifically as a Civil Society Organisations (CSO) coordinator and gender resource person, to the “Justice for All” (J4A) access to justice programme of the DFID, managed by the British Council.
Since 2012, Chibogu has worked as an Associate of WISE Development and provided the gender equality and women’s empowerment perspectives on a couple of DFID-related projects including Nigeria’s Growth in Employment Markets in States (GEMS) programmes, in particular the components focusing on the Construction, as well as Wholesale and Retail sectors in Nigeria, and most recently as field and analytical support for the DFID supported Propcom Mai-karfi Programme with potential for increasing incomes for women in Northern Nigeria.