Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia

A gender policy appraisal and mainstreaming expert with excellent trajectory in impactful policy formulation, action-oriented research and strategic/innovative approaches for undertaking gender diagnosis on thematic issues in different cultural settings

About Esther

Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, a Nigerian National, is an internationally recognized leader with thirty years’ plus proven track record and competencies in gender analysis with international human rights and policy frameworks like the SDGs, AU 2060, Beijing PFA and UNSCR 1325 to help address women’s human rights issues and gender stereotyping across sectors especially in the family and community spheres at both local and international levels.


Current Work

 Esther’s career has been focused on delivering services to enhance women’s financial inclusion opportunities, rights protection, economic empowerment and engagement in peace and security processes. Below are some of Esther’s Key Current Activities

Convener, WADHI

Esther  is the founder of  Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI)- a NGO committed to finding customized solutions to inequalities, gender injustice and exclusion, particularly women’s continued exclusion from financial and economic markets, technology …

UN CEDAW Committee Member

In 2018, Esther was meritoriously nominated to serve on the CEDAW Committee to fill up the void left by the demise of Nigeria’s representative. Esther is Nigeria’s Candidate to the CEDAW Committee 2021-2024

Innovator, KOWGO Mobile Application

Esther is the innovator of KOWGO Mobile Application, an indigenous gender friendly online/offline Mobile Technology-Based application for addressing the gender digital divide. KOWGO is available on Google Playstore


Esther currently chairs the Ministerial Technical Committee on Private Sector Initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs with the mandate of building partnerships and collaboration to facilitate the development of Private Sector-led stimulus initiatives.

In Picture

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