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Feminist Coalition: Building a world-changing movement, with Odunayo Eweniyi

Season 2, Ep. 10

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*Content warning: this episode talks about recent violence in Nigeria, which might be difficult for some listeners to hear*


Today on the podcast we have Odunayo Eweniyi, the founder of Feminist Coalition, a group of young Nigerian feminists formed by Odun and her co-founder Dami in July 2020. 


Feminist Coalition, also known as FemCo, started with a clear mission to champion equality for women in Nigerian society. But in October, as the Nigerian ENDSARS movement surged, protesting the brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Nigeria, they felt they had no choice but to act. 

 

They decided to help first by simply setting up a form for volunteer lawyers, and then went on to fundraise to support those affected by the protests with Medical and legal care. They raised over $380,000 in just two weeks, starting first raising Naira and then Bitcoin.


Despite being launched less than a year ago, Odun and her co-founders Dami’s work has been recognised across the globe, and being featured in countless of the most prestigious press:

- They were featured on the Bloomberg 50 2020.

- They were featured by Vogue as part of the 12 Women Leaders That Changed The World In 2020

- They were listed in the Time 100 - the list of the most influential people in the world in 2020.


In this episode we talked about how FemCo started, why they supported the victims of the ENDSARS protests switched to Bitcoin, how she managed to do it alongside her day job - COO of Piggyvest which counts over 2 million customers, and how she learnt to deal with criticism and the huge role her father played in who she is today. Hope you enjoy the episode. 


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