Evon Idahosa, the daughter of Archbishops Benson and Margaret Idahosa, is the founder of Pathfinder Justice Intiative, whose dream is to build an organisation that would give hope and succor to helpless women in developing countries. Some of the initiatives of PJI includes #TakeMeOffMute (anti-child sex abuse), #SheSaidNo (anti-rape) and #Not4Sale (anti-sex trafficking) campaigns.
When she is gone, she wants to leave behind a survivor-led organization whose program would have helped victims in developing countries grow into survivors.
It is this dream that led her to leave her career in law which she had spent 14 years of her life building to addressing the issues of child sex abuse, sex trafficking and gender based violence. Indeed she is making a massive difference, touching thousands of lives who otherwise would have been helpless.
Some of the ways she has impacted women include;
- Through her organisation she has provided rehabilitation for female survivors of sex trafficking and child sex abuse. In a country were hundreds of girls are trafficked under the guise of a better future but subjected to inhumane conditions, this is priceless.
- Beyond helping those who have already fallen into the trap, her organisation helps spread awareness on the reality of women and girls who are abducted and forced into sex slavery. In the process reducing the number of girls and women who believe the lies peddled by these traffickers.
- She assists in helping women who have been trafficked throughout Europe make their way back to Nigeria. Knowing fully well that these women are physically, emotionally and psychologically scarred, she offers personalized action to healing plans, providing women with free counseling, vocational skills training and medical and legal services. All in a bid to rehabilitate them wholesomely.
- In a world where victims of rape are stigmatized which inevitably leads to less women coming out to seek justice, Idahosa provides a place where victims do not have to feel ashamed but instead can share their experiences without indignity.Photo Credit – Evon Idahosa