Adolfo P. Esquivel
Al Gore
Alice Walker
Amitabha Sadangi
Anderson Cooper
Andrew Young
Ann Cotton
Annie Lennox
Arun Gandhi
Bart Weetjens
Benazir Bhutto
Betty Williams
Bianca Jagger
Bill Cosby
Bill Drayton
Bishop C.F.X. Belo
Bob Geldof
Bunker Roy
Carlos Santana
César E. Chávez
Chief L. George
Christ. Amanpour
Clarence B. Jones
Colin Powell
Connie Duckworth
Coretta Scott King
Craig Kielburger
Dalai Lama
Daniel Lubetzky
David Brower
David Ho
David Trimble
Desmond Tutu
Dith Pran
Dolores Huerta
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Height
Dorothy Stoneman
Elie Wiesel
Eric Schwarz
Frederik W de Klerk
Gary Cohen
Geoffrey Canada
George Clooney
George Lucas
George Mitchell
Gérard Jean-Juste
Gillian Caldwell
Greg Boyle
Greg Mortenson
Hafsat Abiola
Harry G. Belafonte
Harry Wu
Helen Caldicott
Henry A. Kissinger
Ida Jackson
Immaculee Ilibagiza
Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid W. El-Issa

Hafsat Abiola


Hafsat AbiolaHuman rights activist Hafsat Abiola has, in her young life, changed the very heart of Nigerian society. Born in Nigeria to an activist, politician father who was later jailed and a democratic activist mother who was assassinated, Abiola was not set on easy path from her very first day in 1974. Despite these extreme circumstances and difficulties of her youth, Abiola attended Philips Academy in Andover, graduated from Harvard College, and immediately turned her attention to her native Nigeria where, in 1996, she founded the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), an non-governmental organization dedicated to forming a civil democracy in Nigeria. A decade later, Abiola brought the feminist performance The Vagina Monologues and the concept of VDay (to end violence against women) to Nigeria, determined to change the culture of Nigeria to recognize women and children as essential components of a functional, civil society. At only 35 years, Abiola continues to struggle against oppression, for women and children's initiatives, in favor of democracy, and for basic human and civil rights for people in Nigeria, and women worldwide.


"I really feel we can do better than this." (On the state of disarray and treatment of women in Nigeria.)


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