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Betty Abah

Betty Abah

HRD, Journalist

Betty Abah is a Nigerian journalist, author and a women and children's rights activist. She is the founder and Executive Director of CEE-HOPE, a child rights and development non-profit organization based in Lagos State which works with at-risk girls and other vulnerable children in slum communities across Nigeria, including Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest urban slum settlement. CEE-HOPE’s programs focus on increasing girl leadership, mentorship and developing their skills to combat some of their most pressing issues such as teenage pregnancy, school drop-out, and child marriage, as well as other forms of child abuse. She is very outspoken against societal ills and misgovernance in Nigeria. 

She has recently been receiving threats, including anonymous phone calls and threats on social media, for a campaign revealing corrupt practices at the UN system in Nigeria.


Human rights defenders and journalists in Nigeria have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for their work. HRDs documenting human rights abuses by security forces and corruption are particularly at risk.