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Online volunteer for Delta Women in Nigeria

(Photo: Delta Women, 2011)(Photo: Delta Women, 2011)
15 December 2011

Paola Brigneti has supported the Nigerian NGO Delta Women, donating countless hours of her time towards advocating for ending female sexual harassment in institutions of higher education in Delta State, Nigeria. Passionate about the organization and its cause, Paola developed advocacy strategies, activities and materials for the organization to raise awareness about sexual harassment and educate people on how to prevent it.

Paola’s strong interest in women’s rights and development paired with her professional background in Psychology and Public Health perfectly matched the needs of Delta Women. “From the day Paola began volunteering with Delta Women, she has been an invaluable member of the organization. She was so proactive and reliable that I appointed her as team leader of the project,” says Elsie Reed, founder and CEO of Delta Women.

A comprehensive 40-page advocacy strategy, material for seminars, funding proposals, templates for advocacy letters and press releases as well as thematic fact sheets are only a few of the advocacy tools Paola developed for Delta Women. In addition, she brought many new ideas to the project. The online petition that she initiated was signed by hundreds of people around the world. She also suggested forming a student organization, for which she drafted a comprehensive proposal outlining the vision, mission, activities as well as the organizational structure.

“We have made huge progress on our project to end female sexual harassment in institutions of higher education in Delta State. With the help of all the materials prepared by Paola, we have approached government officials who have indicated their interest in passing a law to end sexual harassment in universities. Because of the interest our project has received, we have now expanded its scope to address female sexual harassment across the whole country of Nigeria,” says Elsie Reed.

Paola, who is originally from Peru and now living in the U.S.A, was between jobs when she discovered the opportunity to volunteer with Delta Women. "I did not think twice before completing an application to become part of the team. This opportunity has taught me that my heart is in the right place regarding the work I want to do in the future. It has also allowed me to gain more practical experience in my field of interest, while making a significant difference in the life of women in Delta State by raising awareness about sexual harassment, and hopefully contribute to prevent it from happening.”
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