Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Why Girl Child Network Worldwide Guest speaker Ruona Iguyovwe will receive Never Again Royal night Highest Honour?
Every year at Never Again Royal Night and this year on 17 April 2017 we choose an individual to honour. In 2017, our Guest Speaker receives our highest honour. During her term of office, she mobilised support for girls in Africa through National Black Prosecutors Association. Her other great effort which is still on going is to mobilise friends of Girl Child Network Worldwide so that they make monthly donations. Her voice advocating to end violence against girls was heard all over the world. Ruona remains a role model and one woman the girls should draw inspiration from. She is indeed a role model and we want girls out there to be inspired by her story as a professional in the legal sector as well as community leader who touches many lives quietly. Please read her brief bio below..
Ruona Iguyovwe – Former Chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association (NBCPA). She held this position from April 2013 – March 2017. In this role, Ruona helped to promote equality and diversity in the Crown Prosecution Service, helping to influence and shape prosecution and employment policies and to raise awareness of issues affecting BME communities.
Ruona has also contributed significantly to the development, mentoring and support of staff from Black Minority Ethnic backgrounds through the work of the NBCPA. She led the Association in delivering highly successful training and development programmes and mentoring support schemes for all CPS staff.
She is a Solicitor – Advocate, a Senior Specialist Prosecutor and Violence against Women and Girls Co-ordinator in the International Justice and Organised Crime Division (IJOCD), CPS. She has given advice on and prosecuted human trafficking cases.
She has been involved in organising and hosting conferences raising awareness and tackling issues involving violence against women and girls such as Female Genital Mutilation, Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, Forced Marriages and Child Sexual Exploitation, issues which she is very passionate about.
The International Justice and Organised Crime Division (IJOCD) deals with serious organised crime such as human trafficking, other immigration crime, rape and cases of sexual abuse against children, cases involving organised major drug trafficking conspiracies, cybercrime, fraud and money laundering cases. It deals with all cases that are investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA). Ruona has been involved in prosecuting a range of serious and complex cases investigated by the NCA.
She is a trainer on human trafficking and money laundering cases. She was a former Legal Consultant in the Legal and Constitutional affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat where she worked with Commonwealth countries in developing initiatives for tackling human trafficking and helped to build capacity of investigators and prosecutors in providing mutual legal assistance to other countries.
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