Divine Foundation for Disabled Persons, NigeriaCeline Osukwu
Celine Osukwu is a leader for disability rights and women’s rights in Nigeria. Developing Kyphosis as a child, and a survivor of civil war, Celine has surmounted enormous lifelong challenges to establish the Divine Foundation for Disabled persons. Through her foundation she works tirelessly to eradicate the stigma of disabilities community mobilization, advocacy campaigns, radio programs, and political organizing that has reached millions. Her foundation also provides direct support to thousands of vulnerable persons in Nigeria with disabilities, with a particular focus on women to strengthen their self-worth and self-sufficiency. Her vision is a world that stops treating persons with disabilities as objects of charity – a world where persons with disabilities are no longer begging in the streets, and women with disabilities know their self-worth and organize others for social change.