Aramide Odutayo is a gender, health, development, and humanitarian specialist with extensive research, policy, programmatic, and advocacy experience in the field of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She holds a Masters degree in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, Canada where she researched the multiple barriers experienced by migrant and refugee populations. During her graduate studies, Aramide explored the framework of human security, particularly its ability to offer a complimentary source of protection to the right to asylum. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Aramide has seven years of professional experience working with a variety of national and international organizations. She is currently the Programme Officer with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Cox’s Bazar Sub-Office, where she manages UNFPA portfolio of humanitarian-development nexus programs for adolescent and youth from the Rohingya refugee camps and immediate host communities. She was also the 2018 Research Awardee for the Maternal and Child Health Program at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of the Canadian Federal Government. Her research – financed by IDRC and CARE Canada – examined the integration of adolescents in SRHR programs in rural Benin to support the Global Affairs Canada funded Pro-Jeunes project on adolescent SRHR in Benin. Similarly, in her role as the Policy and Advocacy Advisor with the United Nations Population Fund Liaison Office to the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aramide strategized the mandate of the African Population Experts Committee’s to the International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action in high-level multilateral and decision making processes.
Aramide is a passionate youth advocate. She was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), a Women Deliver Young Leader, and a Youth Reviewer supporting the World Health Organization’s Reproductive Health Research Department. Despite her young age, Aramide has had the opportunity to represent Canada nationally as one of the top 50 global feminist activists invited to participate in the W7 Gender Summit: Feminist Visions for the G7 and on the official Canadian delegation at the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Not only is Aramide a prolific public speaker – presenting her research and giving guest lectures at numerous conferences and events – she is also an accomplished writer. Her work can be found in the Journal of Global Ethics, the Global Policy Journal, the Social Contract, Times Higher Education, among other outlets.