Oluwadamilola Akintewe believes in not only using her voice and standing up for women through her work at Girl Up, Enactus and her blog. But also in actively leading by example and using her talents as a future attorney to further the cause. She also mentions that because she is a woman she has to work double as hard as the next man, as they will discredit you with any mistake and then blame it on your gender. “That’s why I tell women, whatever it is you do, put in extra work because you’re not doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for millions of girls who just need one person to name when they get asked, tell me an example of one woman who has done well. Women need to do well, do excellent and be deliberate about it. This is the kind of example that we need”. As a student striving for excellence she has also signed a pact with the Coalition for Women’s Rights saying that when she graduates with her law license she has committed to doing pro bono work on any case on gender based violence.
As a victim of harassment herself, she doesn’t want to just talk about the problem but provide solutions. She strives to give women a platform where more people can speak out against gender-based violence and receive justice. When justice is provided, it paves the way to create new laws in protection of women for all kinds of assault.
“We need to support the young people, let’s not just applaud them and walk away. We need action and action that is sustainable. I want to look at my country in the next 5 years and see the difference. I want girls to be able to go to school and to not be discriminated against. I want young women to be able to walk in the street without the fear of being attacked by a random stranger. So we need to start listening to the ideas of young people because really we are the future and the future is here”.