This week WOCON received news that their Youth Director, Miss Olasimbo Olateru-Olagbegi, has been elected as the Youth Representative for Africa to the ECPAT International Children and Youth Advisory Committee (EICYAC). ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) International is a network of over 50 groups around the world working to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Miss Olateru-Olagbegi, commonly known as Simbo, has been a committed youth activist in child rights and youth participation since 1997 when she began working as a Programme Assistant with WOCON at the age of 17. She has coordinated campaigns and workshops on child rights, civic education, and trafficking in persons, and has undergone extensive training on leadership skills, fund-raising, election monitoring, NGO management, gender and human rights.
All this experience prepared her to make presentations and facilitate workshops at national and international conferences, including the 2nd World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Yokohama, Japan in December 2001, and the Nigerian children summit held in Abuja last year. She is currently a member of the Children’s Forum Sub-Committee for the 4th African Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Africa. The theme of the 2004 conference will be Child Trafficking: Challenge to Child Protection in Africa.
When asked about her plans for the new position Simbo said, “I hope to use my role as the Youth representative for Africa on the ECPAT International Children and Youth Advisory Committee to coordinate efforts of NGOs, individuals, and governments in the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Africa. I understand that I cannot do this alone. I will need the help of individuals and/or organizations to carry out my duties effectively.” With bright, perpetually laughing eyes and a radiant smile, Simbo is a joy to be around, a pleasure to work with, and an inspiration to those who want to dedicate their lives to making the world a better, safer, more just place.
Posted By Erica Williams
Posted Jul 17th, 2003