As the Senior Managing Partner at Omimi-Afua Legal Hub, Ufuoma Omimi-Okoro is as busy as any lawyer can be. At the same time, she creates time for other pursuits, one of which is her passion as a Child Rights activist, the cause behind which she has thrown the weight of her over 10-year legal experience.
The Purple Shelter Wand Initiative, her NGO, focuses on meeting the needs of children living with disabilities and taking up the cause of victims of domestic abuse.
“I am very passionate about using the legal system to fight for the rights of such persons,” she declares.
How she has been using The Purple Shelter Wand Initiative to champion child rights is what she discloses to CSRReporters in this brief conversation.
What was the motivation behind the founding of the NGO?
I hate to see people abused or suffer; it breaks my heart, even more, when kids living with disabilities are involved.
How did you start?
I started in 2016. I started by going out with friends to sensitize children about abuse, how to keep themselves clean during their menstrual cycle, what to do and what not to do.
What are the activities undertaken so far?
The major ones are Kick Against Period Poverty and Kick Against Abuse. We offer pro bono legal services for abused kids. We have given over 5, 000 sanitary pads to deaf, blind and kids with special needs. Many individuals have been trained in sign language to help them engage with the hearing impaired. Without any doubt, our advocacy campaigns on the rights of children living with disabilities have delivered positive impact in participating schools.
We have also empowered over 100 abused women. Some of them have undergone training in vocational skills that enable them to provide for themselves and their families.
Any new insight on your focus areas since the NGO commenced operation?
Kids living with disabilities suffer abuse more because they cannot communicate very well with others.
What are the challenges you encounter per achieving your objectives?
They are quite many: slow justice system, corruption, poverty, stigmatization, poor implementation of the Child Rights laws etc.
What is the scope of your operation?
We are in Abuja and its environs; we are also in Delta State.
Your goal for the next 5 years
Give blind kids computerized braille typewriter and hearing aids to deaf children.