Keziah Awosika was on the panel of the Gender Balance Issues Dialogue
DR. KEZIAH AWOSIKA is a Nigerian Research Economist specializing in the area of money and banking, macro-economic issues and economics of development. She studied at St. Hilda's and St. Anne's Colleges, and obtain her Phd Degree in Oxford University.
She is also an author with extensive experience in research, consultancy, management and administration.
She has been involved with, among others, Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN), the National Affirmative Action Network and the State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategies (SEEDS).
An experienced author of many
publications in local and international journals, research reports on macro-economic issues, money and banking matters as well as issues relating to Women in Development. An active member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). And Currently on the Research Committee of CIBN. She is also a foundation member and Chapter President of Association of African Women in Research and Development (AAWORD). – a pan African research organization founded in 1977 headquarters based in Dakar - Senegal
She also worked on the national focal point on Women in development and its first main draft of programs and its Statistical Support System under the UNDP 4th Country Programme for Nigeria, which has now resulted in the National Policy for Women.
Dr Awosika, participated actively at the NGO Forum of the Beijing 95 World Conference of Women. She also participated in the draft submitted to the United Nation on Finance for Development Session 2001
She is currently, the Coordinator/Director of Women, Law and Development Centre (WLDCN), a non-governmental, non-profit making training research and advocacy center specializing in socio-economic/legal issues with emphasis on gender perspectives. The mission is total empowerment of women to make them agents of change on their own behalf.
Her Consultancy assignments have included Study Report on ECOWAS Financing for African Development Bank (ADB); Women in Trade and Industry for UNIFEM; Project, Also currently collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education to mount a Train the Trainers progrmme using the Participatory Learning Approach to Girl’s Education, with the Centre for Democratic Studies on Gender Budgeting Initiative for Nigeria. Evaluation of the WIN/FAS Micro Credit Project for Heirich Boll Foundation (Germany). Establishing Data Base on women issues for the National Data Bank.
She also took part in the development of the State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategies (SEEDS) of Cross Rivers State as Gender Expert for the UNDP Mission, as well as consulted for National
Planning Commission (NPC) Also participated as an Observer in the most recent SEEDS Benchmarking Process for the Team Mission to Maiduguri, Borno State in July 2005.
and the Anambra State SEEDs -2006 participated as NPC consultant in drafting of NEEDS 2, February 2007.She is currently the State coordinator for the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) – a pressure group international network working with DFID sponsored Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) to ensure quality Basic Education for All in Nigeria. Dr Awosika is in the forefront of activism for women’s rights including the current “more women in democracy and governance” campaign, participation in Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) and the National Affirmative Action Network amongst others.