“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale.
At Stand To End Rape, we understand that giving back is at the core of humanity. We love to recognize our volunteers, who go above and beyond to fight against sexual violence and actively contribute to our initiative’s day-to-day running.
This month, we would like to recognize Obehioye Otaigbe, a volunteer in the Research, M&E and Learning department. She is passionate about women empowerment and gender equality. She aspires to always live life to the fullest and leave her mark in whatever she does. In getting to know more about Obehioye, we asked her a few questions.
WHAT/ WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Volunteering is an integral part of my life, and volunteering with STER has been a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. I’m inspired by audacious women who are not afraid to speak their minds or challenge the status quo.
WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA?
This life na one o (I say this particularly when I want to use my last money to buy food) Also, “Tomorrow is another day, we move!”
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
Reading novels and hanging out with my friends.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR I5-YEAR OLD SELF?
Hmm… I will tell her to always put in her best in whatever she does, give it her all and never lose her spark.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A SAFE NIGERIA?
A safe Nigeria is a Nigeria where women are safe from constant harassment. A Nigeria where rape cases can be reported, and nobody is asking/ saying, “what was she wearing?”, “Why did she go out so late?” or “she caused it”.
From all of us at STER, thank you for being dependable and committed to the cause. We are proud to have you on our team, Obehioye.