ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- INI USANGA, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST BASED IN IRELAND

Ini Usanga is an Irish citizen with Nigerian roots. She is a lady whose heart is made of compassion and a desire to give. Ini as she is fondly called is an International human right and community activist based in Ireland. She is a transformational and inspirational speaker, a self-development coach, an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Ini has been honoured consistently for her humanitarian and philanthropic endeavours. She has been called a human rights champion by Amnesty International in Ireland and she has made extraordinary contributions in helping develop the lives of children, youths and women affected by poverty, violence and social exclusion by being a voice for them.

Ini is very passionate about issues of social justice, reproductive rights, equality and fairness. Her continuous selfless contributions and compassionate effort in making sure victims of abuse are protected and free from every form of violence is an example of what true community service to humankind is.

Ini has been actively involved in working with individuals, International organizations and Government Agencies including the Department of Justice in Ireland, Amnesty International, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)-Mexico, Red Elephant Foundation-India, Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE), Amani Children’s Home-Kenya, Mercy Orphanage Nigeria, National Integrated Development Association (NIDA-Pakistan) and the African Embassies in Ireland. Ini is a survivor of child sexual assault, family violence and suicide.

Ini who was a victim of child sexual abuse, reproductive abuse, domestic and family abuse is now an empowered woman who uses her voice to advocate for the rights of other victims. Ini is determined to make a difference and see the protection of other victims.

Ini is founder of Love and Care for People (LCP) a humanitarian NGO that provides support for victims of Family Violence (including but not limited to Forced Marriage, Reproductive Abuse, Honour Based Violence, Disownment, Destructive Relationships, Child Abuse), Poverty and other Social Exclusion. LCP also provides business and vocational skills training, Seed funding and provides opportunities and networks to help empower children, young people and women.

Today, LCP has grown and now has branches and partners in the developed and developing world. LCP has supported over 4000 children, women and youths in Ireland and other parts of the world.

Ini has raised funds to support over 200 projects in education, social justice, health care and rehabilitation for abused and under served children, youths and women. She has instituted several projects for the economic empowerment of women in Ireland and Africa.

On a mission to give back to humanity and the universe; Ini is determined to support other women who like her in the past feel ashamed of their ordeal and have given up hope and the joy of life.

 

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Ini is well known for her supportive role to organizations and individuals that care for tortured, abused and abandoned children in Nigeria, DRC Congo, Kenya and Nepal. She believes every child has a right to live and grow with tender loving care and it is everyone’s responsibility to see no child lives in poverty, fear or oppression. Ini is currently working on a project to support children accused of witchcraft by their families and are tortured, made physically disabled and abandoned by their families in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria.

Ini is indeed an exemplary role model who uses her personal experience to inspire and give hope to others with similar experiences in Nigeria, Ireland and abroad. Her story has been aired on several International TV stations, magazines and online platforms by organisations including AWID, Red Elephant Foundation and Girl’s can’t What in the USA to help bring hope young people and women who experience abuse.

Ini has a passion for enterprise. She established her first business at the age of 13. She believes economic empowerment is one of the many keys to being independent. Ini is the founder and brain child of the prestigious Extra  ordinary African Woman Achievers (EAWA) Awards, African Ireland Business Association (AIBA), African Ireland Women Business and Development Organisation (AIWBADO), Global Royalty Beauty Pageant and Ireland International Fashion and Beauty Pageant. The Global Royal Beauty Pageant is a platform to raise awareness about a series of Family Violence including Forced Marriage, Child Sexual Abuse, Honour Based Violence and Reproductive abuse.

Ini’s voluntary service and active citizenship have been profoundly appreciated in a variety of settings and this has given her access to working actively with members of different cultures and nationalities in Ireland and abroad. Due to her active role in making significant and positive impact through participation and engagement in her community in Ireland, she became the very first African to be elected on the Cork County Council-Social Inclusion and Community Policy unit in Cork.

In 2014, Ini organized the 1st seminar on Forced Marriage, Child Sexual Abuse, Honour

Based Violence and Reproductive Abuse in Ireland. Through her work, the European Union in Brussels engaged her in a study about Forced Marriage in Ireland and recently, the Government of Ireland has proposed to introduce a law making forced marriage a crime in Ireland. This is very welcoming news and all thanks to Ini, her team and partners.

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