Utibe Abasi Bassey Duke is the Project Officer of Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Cross River State, Nigeria. Utibe Abasi is involved in implementing programs that builds women’s capacity at the community, state and national level that enables them to be a part of a global network of diverse women peace builders working towards ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG), women’s discrimination and challenges to their participation in peace and security in Cross River State, Nigeria and Africa at large. She is also the State Coordinator of The Women Situation Room Cross River State, Nigeria where she uses her position to ensure elections in Cross River State are conducted peacefully and include the participation of women and youth.
Utibe-Abasi has worked on various donor-sponsored projects.
They include: Arts against GBV, funded by the US Department of State and IREX, Spotlight Initiative funded by the European Union, and the United Nations, Nana’s Art Initiative- Art Therapy Activity Book funded by the US Department of State and the IREX, Koforicity funded by Ford Foundation, and ANIDA Women Development Centre and Child Sponsorship project funded by Plan International and the Government of Canada.
Utibe-Abasi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, First-Class Honours from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; she also studied at Richard Ivey School of Business Canada on School Exchange Programme.
In addition she took a course on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UNICEF. Utibe-Abasi is looking forward to an MSc in International Development.
Utibe-Abasi has held many leadership positions.
She is currently the Acting Leader, Akpabuyo Local Government Area Youth Parliament, and Cross River State, Nigeria. In 2016 Utibe-Abasi was appointed Team Leader, Enactus All Nations University Team and in 2014 she was elected Women’s Commissioner of the Students’ Representative Council At All Nations University College Koforidua, Ghana.
Utibe-Abasi is a member of Coalition for Gender Justice, Cross River State Development Workers, Cross River State GBV Organisations and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network, NET Right and Cross River State Young Women in Politics Forum.
Utibe-Abasi has the following awards to her credit:
Most Enterprising Student (2017 Graduation Ceremony); ENACTUS Ghana for creating a more sustainable society (2017); a grant-Ford C3 Funds (2016) and First Female Entertainment Personality from All Nations University College (2015). Utibe-Abasi is committed to women peace building and the fight against violence against women and girls (VAWG).
She is determined to provide support to women and girls in Nigeria, Africa and the world.