I joined the movement at the age of 10 in 2005. I had an opportunity to be in a school that has a Red Cross club, and I needed such a club that could help in building my humanitarian skills.
I joined the Red Cross because I wanted to learn how to save a life, how I can be helpful to my society, to be a selfless humanitarian and be able to assist when needed. I have worked with Disaster Emergency Response, Cash Transfer, Safer Access, Needs Assessment, Motherless and abandoned babies home care, Emergency First Aid Training Database Management, Risk Communication and Community Engagement, Awareness and sensitization on COVID-19, Flood, and lots more. These activities helped me to understand how the Red Cross movement works and their contribution to society in great measures.
Working with the Red Cross has helped me in improving leadership skills, to be more compassionate, to understand how emotional intelligence works and how I can be useful to my society and the world for it to be a better place.
– Omotoye Grace Moriyanuoluwa, Nigeria
“As a woman leader, I have learned to be selfless and to be a team player in the field. To always listen to my team members and be able to serve in any capacity needed”.
The main challenges that women in leadership positions in the Red Cross and Red Crescent face are the fear of being looked down upon as a woman and being ridiculed by male colleagues. We can effect change by creating more space for women to show their talents and leadership skills.
I dream of becoming a selfless humanitarian leader that is worthy of emulation and being deployed in other parts of the world that are struck by disaster to perform humanitarian services.
Globally, women hold just 24% of senior leadership positions. The U.S. lags behind the global average at 21%, compared to China where women hold 51% of senior leadership slots.