West Africa Region
Paul Ojajuni of HACEY Health Initiative will lead the West Africa Regional Caucus. Learn more about him, his passion for advocacy, and what to expect at the caucus.
Paul Ojajuni is the co-founder of HACEY and currently directs research and development for the organization. Since its founding, HACEY has had many successes that Paul has been proud to participate in, including a program called Project Agbebi that has successfully reduced pregnancy-related deaths in South West Nigeria. The organization also recently won the “With and For Girls” award from the Stars Foundation UK. As a passionate advocate for women’s health, education, and employment, he believes that the key challenges facing women and girls should not be seen simply as gender issues, but as priorities for development. Paul holds a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Leeds.
“In many West African countries, issues that affect women and girls are not a top priority, and policies focused on them are not effectively translated into action. Yet women and girls are a major resource for rapid economic growth when they have opportunities and services that allow them to reach their full potential. We must help them achieve those opportunities.”
What to expect at the caucus:
The caucus will bring together diverse stakeholders from the West Africa region to discuss major priorities and strategies for strengthening political and financial commitments to girls’ and women’s health and wellbeing. Stakeholders will share their perspectives on opportunities to enhance collaboration and joint advocacy for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting is expected to result in the development of a joint commitment, increased engagement, and a regional network of stakeholders working seamlessly towards the improvement of the health of girls and women in the region.