Leveraging an innovative capacity building, advocacy, research and education (iCARE) approach to implement solutions and drive accountability to create a healthy and productive society for women and girls.
Isaiah Owolabi is the Co-Founder and Project Director of HACEY Health Initiative, a development organization that leverages multisectoral and intergenerational innovations to improve the health and economic outcomes of underserved women and girls. Since 2007, HACEY has expanded to 13 states in Nigeria and has reached over 300,000 people through capacity building, advocacy, research and education. HACEY’s “Hands up for HER (Health, Empowerment, and Rights)” initiative has provided HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral services for 10,000 women, over 20,000 insecticide-treated nets, and over 25,300 birthing kits. HACEY’s “Back on Track” program has placed more than 150 girls in vocational training and paired over 200 girls with mentors. Their “Connecting Voices Against Gender Based Violence” program has reached more than 100,000 young girls using web and mobile technology to engage activists and mobilize policymakers, and their Code4impact program has provided media and digital skills training to over 1,000 women and girls. In 2016, USAID’s Leadership, Management, and Governance Project honored HACEY with the Top Model Award, which selects and recognizes the top 11 youth leadership development organizations in the world. Isaiah received his bachelor’s degree in physiology from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. He also participated in the Queens Young Leaders Program in London, which celebrates exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth for transforming lives in their communities.
Biography current as of 2019-2020 program year