Fellowship Alumna Wins Waislitz Global Citizen Award
Congratulations to 2023 Fellowship Alumna Olawafunke Adeoye for her achievement in winning the $75,000 Waislitz Global Citizen’s Choice Award. The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250,000 that recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty and its systemic causes.
Oluwafunke Adeoye is a human rights lawyer from Nigeria who founded Hope Behind Bars Africa, an organization closing the justice gap by providing free legal services and direct support to low-income incarcerated individuals. The organization also promotes criminal justice reforms through research, evidence-based advocacy, and technology. Over 7,000 incarcerated individuals have benefitted from their interventions.
With the award, Oluwafunke plans to fully launch Justicepadi, a tech platform that will revolutionize legal aid in West Africa and also expand her work for climate justice.
Learn more about Oluwafunke and the award in this article from Global Citizen.