Mariam Oyiza Aliyu
Mariam Oyiza Aliyu was born in 1994 in Kogi State, Nigeria. She is a Medical Radiographer, a human rights’ activist, a peacebuilder and a feminist. In 2016, she founded the civil society organization Learning Through Skills Acquisition Initiative (LETSAI) of which she is currently the executive director. LETSAI trains and empowers youths and women on life-saving skills as well as conflict management, emergency response and resilience. The organization also delivers psychosocial and mental health support services to conflict-affected women and girls in northeast Nigeria, including provision of trauma healing to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). Mariam is envisioning a world where every women and girl will have equal opportunities and become self-reliant to live decent lives. She has successfully led and supported the establishment of 11 Village Savings and Loan Associations for conflict-affected women across 8 communities. She is implementing an entrepreneurship development project with support from WPHF under the MOGEWE Consortium in Borno State.