Kemi DaSilva Ibru

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Kemi Dasilva Ibru is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and a Public Health Specialist. She is the founder of the Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) based in Lagos, Nigeria.[1][2] In this role, Kemi tackles the issues of rape and sexual violence through different initiatives implemented across Nigeria. She was included as one of the 100 Most Influential Women by WIMBIZ in 2017, 100 Most Inspiring Nigerian Women by Leading Ladies Africa in 2018 and was awarded the HER Network Woman of the Year for Advocacy in 2019.


Kemi's career began in the United States of America, she then returned to Nigeria to practice as a physician in public service.

In December 2016, she launched the Women at Risk International Foundation as a result of the high incidence of rape cases she was privy to in practice. The organization tackles rape and sexual violence in Nigeria hrough impactful initiatives in health, education and community service.

WARIF has worked in partnership with United States Agency for International Development,[3] UN Women,[3] Pathfinder International, MAC Cosmetics,[4] Global Giving and SAP[5] on impactful initiatives that range from the medical and psycho-social care of survivors at the WARIF Rape Crisis Centre[6] to the education of girls on the prevention of sexual violence with the WARIF Educational School Project; teaching boys to be protectors and not perpetrators with the WARIF Boys Conversation Cafe[7] and the training of traditional birth attendants under the WARIF Gatekeepers Initiative.[8]

Kemi was recognized in 2020 as a CNN Covid Hero for being on the frontline caring for survivors of gender based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]


  1. Guest, S. A. P. "SAP BrandVoice: This Foundation Is Reducing Sexual Violence Against Nigerian Women And Girls With Innovative Tech". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  2. Ajumobi, Kemi (2020-05-01). "Kemi DaSilva-Ibru, the gender balance advocate giving hope to survivors". Businessday NG. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "WARIF receives USAID grant to strengthen response to gender based violence". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  4. "WARIF partners with MAC Viva Glam to raise awareness on GBV during the COVID-19 pandemic". Pulse Nigeria. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  5. Galer, Susan. "SAP BrandVoice: WARIF Makes Strides Tackling Gender-Based Violence With Mobile SMS Platform". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  6. Okoroafor, Thia (2016-11-29). "The opening of the WARIF centre explains what rape rehabiliation is about". Ventures Africa. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  7. (2018-04-25). "In a Bid to educate Boys on Sexual Violence against Women, WARIF launches Boys Conversation Cafe". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  8. "WARIF breaks new grounds". Vanguard News. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  9. CNN, Bukola Adebayo. "She's on the frontline of a rape epidemic. The pandemic has made her work more dangerous". CNN. Retrieved 2020-10-28. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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