A Nigerian activist and polio survivor, Dr. Irene Ojiugo Patrick-Ogbogu is the most high-profile campaigner for the rights of women with disabilities in the country. A renowned SRHR, Gender and Disability expert, she has supported the gender equality and disability inclusion agendas in a very colorful career spanning over 25 years working in various capacities with various multi-lateral agencies. She is considered one of the most visible disabled feminists in the country. She argues for women with disabilities to be included in mainstream development agenda and given a seat at the table in Governance and other decision-making spaces. On the international stage at the 13th AWID Forum in Salvadore, Brazil, she made a case for countries in the Global North to begin to channel significant amount of resources to organizations of women with disabilities in the Global South in order to promote their visibility.
The Executive Director of DRAC, Irene was one of the prominent figures at the forefront of efforts to secure a disability legislation in Nigeria she championed the development of the National Policy on SRHR of Persons with Disabilities. Through her powerful work on SRHR and SGBV, she continues to expose the insidious nature of violence against women and girls with disabilities, while laying down a clear moral and practical basis for extending health, educational, socioeconomic and political rights to women with disabilities and protection for children with disabilities, for which she has been nominated for and won numerous awards and recognition. She holds a PhD (Social Work), 2 Masters’ Degrees (Demography and Social Statistics and Project Management and a Bachelors’ Degree in Public Administration. Exploring the world of sports, she is an Elite Female Shooter and currently serves as the Vice President of the Nigeria Shooting Federation and President of the Nigeria Shooting Para sports Federation.