Yemisi Ilesanmi is an experienced trade union organiser, consultant, advocate, human right activist, author, blogger and a passionate poet.
Yemisi Ilesanmi holds a Master's of Law degree in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights and a Bachelor's degree in Law.
She is a frontline human right advocate; she campaigns, writes and speaks on a range of social justice issues including human rights, workers rights, gender and sexuality issues.
She is also the founder and coordinator of the campaign group 'Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws'.
2010 - present
Coordinator - Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws (2011-Till date)
She founded and coordinate the advocacy group, Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws. The group has organized peaceful advocacy rallies in London and New York, to create awareness on Equality and LGBT rights.
2010 - present
Self–Published Author – (2013)
She wrote and designed her self-published advocacy book ‘Freedom to Love for ALL: Homosexuality is Not Un-African’. The book is available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon. (www.amazon.com/dp/1481864815)
Professional Executive Administrator National Union of Teachers, UK
She assisted with the Union's relations with Trade Union Congress (TUC) including preparing TUC reports for NUT Executive members. She was also responsible for arranging and supervising the Union's presence at TUC's annual congress.
Gender and Youth Officer
Nigeria Labour Congress
She helped implement the policies of the organization. She engaged in lobby and advocacy for progressive labour laws, decent work, decent pay, equality rights and workers rights. She acted as in-house lawyer; she attended to Unions' case files and gave legal advice and recommendations.
Women Advocate Research and Documentation Center 2000-2002
She was responsible for developing and organising programs on gender rights. She gave legal advice to women who approached the organisation for help.
Keele University, Staffordshire, UK
Master of Laws-Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights (LL.M)
Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria. 2004-2005
Barrister at Law (B.L)
Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU),Nigeria.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)