Nigerian Lawyer Awarded the $75,000 Waislitz Global Citizen Award.
The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250,000 that reward individuals for their efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.
Ms Oluwafunke Adeoye, a Nigerian Human Rights lawyer, has been named the 2023 Waislitz Global Citizens Choice Award winner for her exceptional accomplishment in the Criminal Justice area.
The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250,000 that reward individuals for their efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. The major prize is $100,000, plus two more 75,000-dollar prizes for a total of three prizes.
Adeoye, the founder and Executive Director of Hope Behind Bars Africa, an NGO, made history by being the first person working in the criminal justice sector to win a global award worth $75,000 USD.
The non-profit organisation provides free legal services and direct assistance to destitute jailed people while also advocating for criminal justice changes using research, evidence-based advocacy, and technology. Adeoye stated that she was inspired to launch the effort in 2018 after having personal interactions with the court system.
She stated that her father, who was once a victim, was caught and incarcerated several years ago for a crime he did not commit.
Adeoye’s organisation has helped over 7,000 jailed people through a variety of initiatives ranging from providing access to justice to welfare, assistance, rehabilitation, and reformation of ex-inmates.
The organization is currently preparing to introduce “Justicepadi,” a technology platform that aims to revolutionize legal assistance in West Africa and expand its work for justice-seeking persons.
The Waislitz Global Citizens Choice Awards honor those who have excelled in their efforts to alleviate extreme poverty and impact good change in their communities and around the world.
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