UK Government Pledges Additional Funding to Fight Modern Slavery in Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA- The International Development Secretary for the United Kingdom (U.K.), Priti Patel, announced that an additional £7 million will be made available to support the efforts to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in Nigeria.  Ms. Patel called for “a world free from the abhorrent trade of modern slavery” during a trip to Lagos […]

Nigeria Downgraded to Tier 2 Watchlist on 2017 TIP Report

JUNE 27, 2017- the U.S. State Department released its Trafficking In Persons Report for 2017, dropping Nigeria from a Tier 2 Country (countries whose governments do not fully meet the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards) to a Tier 2 Watchlist Country (countries whose governments do […]

What exactly is CONSENT?

Hold up! I have to get her what? What is CONSENT in the context of sex anyway? If you’re still struggling with the concept, remember this acronym: V- Voluntary (sex must be) I – Impaired (partner should not be) R- Reversible (consent can be) A – Agreed (agreed to between the parties) L – Legal […]

Trumped Awakening: How This African Women’s Rights Activist is Bracing for Trump’s America.

As a Nigerian women’s rights lawyer and activist who partners with survivors of rape and sex trafficking in West Africa, I’ve become accustomed to dealing with both the best and worst of humanity.  I view my work at Pathfinders as a sacred gift which affords me the privilege to celebrate our shared humanity, yet simultaneously […]

Entitlement and Sexual Violence.

When you work hard, you’re entitled to be compensated. When you pay for a meal, you’re entitled to receive it. Men, however, are not entitled to women’s bodies.  A sense of entitlement is what fuels rape as a weapon of war around the world. It is what underpins the comments of the Republican nominee who […]

900 Days in the Lion’s Den: Has the World Abandoned the Stolen Chibok Girls of Nigeria?

  It was the early hours of the morning on April 14, 2014. Martha was suddenly awakened by what had become the all-too-familiar sound of gunshots. Boko Haram, she thought.  As she scurried to gather her thoughts, her husband Mark was already rushing their younger, panic stricken children out of their home in Chibok, Nigeria. […]

‘Nominated Changemakers’: The Lucrative Currency of Human Bodies in Nigeria

On June 14th and 15th, the White House convened and hosted its inaugural United State of Women Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Speakers included President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi and other powerhouse champions for the […]

The Naked Truth About Sex Trafficking!

Sex trafficking is defined by the United Nations as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for the purpose of sexual exploitation.  Around the world, over 20 million people are trapped in modern day slavery, which is often accompanied by debt bondage.  The overwhelming majority of […]

Know the Signs of Child Sex Abuse!

According to statistics, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys experience sexual violence in Nigeria. (Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey, National Population Commission, September 2015). Our experience confirms these statistics, as our girls continue to face abuse, primarily at the hands of their male relatives and other care takers. Notwithstanding these alarming statistics, less […]

Pathfinders at CWFI Convention 2015!

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA- August 2015.  Pathfinders’ R. Evon Idahosa was honored to be an invited speaker at CWFI’s 2015 Love: The Law Breaker Conference in Benin City, Nigeria.  Over 25,000 women gathered from all over Nigeria, Africa, Europe and the United States, as Ms. Idahosa spoke on “Overcoming the Stigma of Violence and Shame.”