Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia

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  • Position: Director of Women and Gender Affairs
  • Organization: Nigerian Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development
  • Expertise: Gender Perspective, Women's Rights

Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia

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Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia is the Director of Women and Gender Affairs at the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. She leads the implementation of Nigeria’s National Action Plan for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

Prior to joining the ministry, Ms. Eghobamien-Mshelia was Head of Gender for the Commonwealth Secretariat, where her work on gender equality and women’s empowerment programming deepened her national and global experience. Her team assisted member countries by implementing and monitoring progress toward the Commonwealth’s Millennium Development Goals through advocacy, research, policy reform, and a plan of action on gender equality.

Ms. Eghobamien-Mshelia has contributed her expertise as Country Gender Advisor for the Canadian International Development Agency’s Nigeria Program. She is an Eisenhower Fellow, a Hubert Humphrey Fellow, and Aspen Institute fellow. She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Washington.

Last Updated: October 2015