Wonderfully Made Woman
1617. Ehinor Otaigbe-Amedu
Ehinor Otaigbe-Amedu, from Manchester, is a lawyer who founded ‘Wonderfully Made Woman’, an initiative that helps build confidence in women.
When her marriage ended after eight years, Ehinor struggled with her self-esteem, and after a long time regaining her confidence, wanted to ensure other women did not have to experience the same thing. ‘Wonderfully Made Woman’ serves to help women, particularly those who have experienced domestic abuse, build self-esteem and also reduce social isolation. The initiative offers a variety of practical support such as helping women access housing benefits, childcare support, and immigration advice. Throughout lockdown, Ehinor has been continuing to support other women through virtual events and 1:1 phone calls to ensure they remain connected and can still take part in activities together. She also started the first African foodbank to support BAME women and their families since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has supported over 1,890 people across Greater Manchester. ‘Wonderfully Made Woman’ charity was recognised in 2020 with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Ehinor’s award coincides with International Women’s Day.
In a personal letter to Ehinor, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“As we mark International Women’s Day, I was inspired to hear about how you are supporting women across Manchester. From support groups tackling social isolation, to childcare help, you have offered wonderfully practical support to hundreds of women.”
“Supporting my community makes me fill so fulfilled. Being able to give back to the community and provide a service that I once needed and received to other women and girls is the most fulfilling experience and I will continue to support those in need.”