“Feminist leadership is a style of leadership where power is evenly distributed amongst the group, or within the organization, without discrimination of age, culture, religion, sex, physical ability (…) Everybody contributes to the management of the organisation or the group. What comes to my mind when I think of feminist leadership is collectiveness, collaboration, autonomy, resistance and movement building”.Sybil Nmezi, June 2019
Sybil is a courageous and steadfast advocate and activist for gender equality in Nigeria. Fourteen years ago, she founded Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) to raise awareness of sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights. For the past eighteen years, she has been working to increase access to broad sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights of women and girls. She is the driving force for the initial establishment of a national coalition for Reproductive Justice, aimed at raising awareness on reproductive health information and access. Under her leadership, GIWYN established Ms. Rosy’s hotline to support women with resources and information about their reproductive health. This has proved to be an indispensable service and tool for women’s self- care and safe choice, as they navigate their health literacy and self-empowerment. She has attended and presented in workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally; taking the issues of women in her community and country at large to the global world against all odds.
Sybil formerly worked as a lecturer at Alvan Ikoku Federal Collage of Education prior to her decision to work as a human right activist. She earned her Master’s degree from Imo State University and studied linguistics and Education from University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is a Nigerian and lives in Nigeria.