Institutional Development Manager
Wonu joined Equality Now in January 2021. She has a decade’s experience in fundraising. Her interest in fundraising and the not for profit sector started in her youth when she started volunteering in her free time. Since then she has built considerable experience working for a range of NGOs including Plan International UK, Christian Aid, Girl Effect and before joining Equality Now she worked for the More than Brides Alliance, a partnership between Oxfam Novib, Simavi, Population Council and Save the Children whose focus is to empower young people to decide if and when to get married and to make informed choices about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
Wonu has an BA in Ancient History and History from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh. Her Masters dissertation ‘We are like Sisters’: An investigation into support groups for African women living with HIV/AIDS in Edinburgh and Glasgow was published by HIV Scotland and was used as part of their research into providing support networks for ethnic minorities living with HIV/AIDS in Scotland. She also presented a paper based on her research titled 'A Question of Faith? The role of religion in helping Africans living with HIV/AIDS in the UK' at the Sexuality, AIDS and Religion Conference at the University of Oxford.
Her favourite quote is from Martin Luther King Jr who said an ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’. As a gender advocate, Wonu strongly aligns with Equality Now’s mission to use the power of law to overcome gender inequality and ensure all women and girls have the same rights as men and boys; and that this is essential in ensuring large scale positive societal change.
In her free time, Wonu enjoys going for long walks, volunteering, spending time with her family and friends, and travelling.