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Introducing myself and my journal: Empowerment of woman in Africa

About Me:
I am a Nigeria attorney with extensive experience in litigating human rights cases, research, publication, legislative advocacy and legal aid and assistance. My passion particularly lies in the area of women and children. I have a master in international law and human rights for St Thomas University School of Law Miami, Florida and i am presently a doctoral candidate of law at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania. I was fortunate to represent my organization before the African Commission of Human and People's Rights, in Banjul, The Gambia. Bringing before the Commission the human rights deterioration in Nigeria and the travesty of justice experienced every day.

I love to travel. I have being to numerous African countries, United States of America, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland. I love to put my thoughts on paper and share it with the world. I have authored and co - authored numerous articles and publications most of which borders on women human rights and developmental issues.

I am the last of 5 biological siblings, you can call me the big baby of the family. I have an adopted brother and sister whom i adore so very much. I am a fun person who exhumes positivity at all times, i love to laugh, meet people and share ideas. I see myself as an extrovert but could be shy sometimes. I relax by just listening to soft music, reading an easy novel and generally enjoy my domain whilst basking in the ambiance of my environment. I am a scrabble addict and can play scrabble back to back for 24 I used to play basketball till i hurt my knee. I love my music, it keeps me sane and i love my movies too, i like to keep up with recently released movies. I believe in God and i try to be a better person each day.

My goal in life is to make positive impact in the lives of people everywhere through my work and to be able to be the voice of the voiceless and less privileged.

My Passions:
Human Rights Advocacy

My Challenges:
finding people with the kind of mindset and passion that i have for human rights work

My Vision for the Future:
My vision for the future is to see the unification of mankind and the acceptance of all despite our race, colour, language, background and sex.

My Areas of Expertise:
International law, international human rights law.


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Fatima Waziri's picture

Thank you Corine



Corine Milano's picture

Please let me know if you

Please let me know if you have any questions about the site! I look forward to getting to know you better!

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I have read about you on your profile and realized you are in Pittsburg. I am here in Latrobe, PA which is about 45 minutes from Pittsburg. How is school going for you? I see you have done some impressive work. Keep it up. I go to St. Vincent seminary but I am originally from Uganda. My background is in computer science and philosophy. I also studied law for one year back in Uganda before I came to the States.

I do some work in Africa to help children and women. We have an orphanage, a high school, and women empowerment programs. I would love to keep in touch.

John Mary

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nice being here with you

Hi Fatima,
I'm very honored to be part of this online expression of our voices as women.
I am a Filipina educator. I've been tagged by some critics as an activist because of my track record of defending human rights violations and abuses in the school campus.
I have passion for research on gender-related issues confronting women in all spheres of their life. As a researcher, I always related my own experience of injustice, struggle for equality with my subjects of study.
I came from a very poor family who survived as sugar plantation workers who survival was at the mercy of the hacienda owners. I am the youngest of the ten children in my family. All my brothers and sisters could hardly finish elementary grade education. Using my natural intellect, courage and determination, I was able to finish high school as a scholar in a Catholic school in Davao, Philippines. When I started in college, I was supported by a brother but could not continue his support because he too has his own family to support. I quit school for 9 years, got married, helped in the farmwork. All those times I did not stop hoping to continue my studies.
When my 3rd child was 11 months old, I decided to go back to college relying on our farm income to pay my school fees. I finished my studies after 3 years of schooling with an honor (cum laude) with a degree Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education major in Social Studies, that was the beginning of the change in my life. Right after graduation, I was taken in as guest lecture of the college where I graduated. After a year, I was able to get a scholarship for my Master's degree in Anthropology.
Then I got another scholarship from the Philippine government for my doctorate degree in Peace and Development. This field of specialization was the need at the time (1997) because of the peace process that was forged between the Philippine government and the Moro rebels in Mindanao. through this degree, my passion to improve the quality of life of the oppressed and the deprived was strengthened.
I have undergone several researchers on women, peace and sustainable development. Being in the teacher education program of one of the institutions in Mindanao, I have written and published books on Peace Education where Human rights is one of the important topics.
I am very much privileged to have you in this network as I am free to share my "life story" that I have never shared to anyone before.
I'm looking forward to have us meet in one forum in the future.


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Welcome Fatima

Fatima, it is a joy to dance with you here on the site. Welcome to an incredible adventure, we are so glad to welcome you to the community.

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

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My Friend Fatwaz

Dear Fatwaz,

When I read your journal entries and your profile it takes my breath away. You have done so much, and continue to do even more! You are a very special person and I consider myself blessed to be your friend. Remember this, I am with you on everything you continue to do for the women of Africa and my prayers are for you, the women you are helping, and everything you are doing.

Love & Blessings,
Rose of Sharon

Hello, Fatwaz. I am deeply inspired by your intelligence, passion and life force. You are a remarkable human! I wish you every blessing on your journey.


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Hello !!!

Hello Fatima
Welcome !
I'm very impresed about your activity and about you inspiration.
For good attorney is an very good opportunity to become a member of International Federation of Women in Legal Career.
Here you can see the contactes of the Federation "Women in Legal Career" but I think we have an Nigerian "Women in Legal Career"

Is nice to have you in this network and hope to comunicate.


Fariha Akhtar's picture

Glad to come across you here!

Hey Fatima,you sound to be a fun loving person and I'm completely wowed by the level of experience you seem to have regarding Human Rights. I look forward to learning a lot from you.

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