Rita Uwaka Project Manager, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN)
Rita Uwaka is a Campaigner, researcher, environmental, community rights, and gender justice activist. She is the Coordinator of the Forest and biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA)- A regional body of Friends of the Earth International: the largest environmental grassroot organization in the world
She has been actively engaged in UNFCCC and UNCBD processes to ensure social, environmental/climate and gender Justice that can advance and address the issues and concerns of indigenous peoples and local communities in Africa at local, national, regional and international levels.
She works with impacted communities and women in frontline communities across the region to build collective solidarity against capitalist, extractivism, and industrial plantation models by TNCs as well as strengthen resistance against human rights violations and environmental harm by companies in community territories across Africa.
She led a team of FoE Africa member groups from 10 countries to organize the first ever African Peoples Tribunal (APT) on Industrial Plantations in 2020.
Rita Uwaka, a University of Benin graduate of Computer Science Education with Masters degree in Public Administration is the Africa Focal person for Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) Gender Justice & Dismantling Patriarchy Working Group (GJDP WG).
She is married with kids.