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Yemisi Ilesanmi is an experienced trade union organiser, consultant, advocate, human right activist, author, blogger and a passionate poet.
 
Yemisi Ilesanmi holds a Masters of Law degree in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights and a Bachelors 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.
 
Yemisi Ilesanmi is the  author of the advocacy book 'Freedom To Love For All: Homosexuality is not Un-African'

She is  also the founder and coordinator of the campaign group 'Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws'.
Professional 
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Languages
English
Yoruba
2010 - present

 

Coordinator - Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws (2011-Till date)

Work

experience
 

I 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 – (2012- 2013)

I wrote, edited, formatted, designed and self-published my advocacy book titled ‘Freedom to Love for ALL: Homosexuality is Not Un-African’ in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.  (www.amazon.com/dp/1481864815)

Professional Executive Administrator National Union of Teachers, UK
2010-2011

I was responsible for assisting with the Union's relations with Trade Union Congress (TUC) including preparing TUC reports for NUT Executive members. I was also responsible for arranging and supervising the Union's presence at TUC annual congress.

Gender and Youth Officer

Nigeria Labour Congress 

2002 -2011

I helped implement the policies of the organization. I engaged in lobby and advocacy for progressive labour laws, decent work, decent pay, equality rights and workers rights. I also acted as in-house lawyer; I attended to Unions' case files and gave legal advice and recommendations.

Program Officer

Women Advocate Research and Documentation Center 2000-2002

I was responsible for developing and organising programs on gender rights. I gave legal advice to women who approached the organisation for help.

Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

2009-2011

Education

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.

1994-2000

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)

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