It was all joy, happiness, and thanksgiving by the Nigerian delegation and well-wishers, in the faraway United States of America, when Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi was inaugurated as the incoming President of the Medical Women International Association, (MWIA). The inauguration was part of the closing ceremony of The MWIA Centenary Congress, which was held on July 28, 2019, at The Marriot Hotel, Brooklyn Bridge, New York. With this achievement, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, becomes the first Nigerian, to emerge as the President-elect of the 100-year-old Medical Women’s International Association.
Dr. Eleanor’s investiture was witnessed by Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Ambassador/ African Union Permanent Observer to the UN, Ben Okoyen, Councillor-General, CG, and Nini Okey- Uche Consul, Consulate General of Nigeria, New York. Speakers in attendance during the 4-day conference was Mr. David Roosevelt, grandson of President Fredrick Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America and Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Stienam, leading feminist activist and journalist.
Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) is the global association of all medical women doctors in the world. It has branches in over 80 countries. The Association turned one hundred years old this year and a special and colorful congress tagged, the Centennial Congress was held in the United States of America where the Association first established. The four-day event took place in New York, from July 25 - 28, 2019.
Dr. Nwadinobi’s passion for the Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) is evident in her commitment for over more than 30 years during which she served the Association in several capacities at the State, National and International levels. Dr. Nwadinobi joined the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria through its Enugu branch in 1982 and rose to become President of the Enugu branch in 1997. In 2005, Dr. Nwadinobi was elected as the National President of Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria. At the International level, she has served on the scientific, ethics and resolution committees and has chaired the Finance committee.
Dr. Eleanor Ann Nwadinobi is a medical doctor and health, gender and human rights expert with a European Union Masters in Human rights and Democratisation (EMA) from Venice, Italy. She is a Fellow of the African Arts and Culture (FAAC). Eleanor is the founding Co-Chair, Steering Committee of Every Woman Treaty, a group calling for a global treaty to end Violence Against Women. Dr. Nwadinobi is the co- country representative for the Working Group on Women Youth Peace and Security for UNOWAS.
Over her 37-year career, Dr. Nwadinobi has contributed to the Development Agenda in the last decade as Women, Peace, and Security expert with DFID - Funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, NSRP. Gender expert, ECOWAS Early warning Directorate Lead researcher, GBV World Bank - Women Initiative for Socio-Economic Engagement (Women for Nigeria), Lead researcher for Children on the street with ECOWAS, Gender adviser Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Foreign and Commonwealth office, Team Lead, and Gender expert on drafting team for African Union (AU), Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience strategy for the Lake Chad basin countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria), Gender Adviser to Tony Blair Institute on Supporting leaders Programme in Nigeria and Spotlight Initiative consultant to the UN for drafting Nigeria’s strategy on eliminating GBV.
Dr. Nwadinobi sits on the Board of several International and National Organisations including Blossoms of the Vine Fellowship (BVF) and Widows Development Organisation (WiDO) is also a recipient of several international awards and has authored several publications. Signed. Dr. Udochi Okoronkwo, On behalf of and for the office of Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi President-elect Medical Women’s Association International.