My name is Seyi Akiwowo (Shay-ee Aki-wo-wo), I’m passionate about ending online abuse, self-care, meaningful inclusion and political leadership. I’m an inspirational public speaker and have been invited to deliver talks internationally including Washington DC, Istanbul and Ottawa.
I’m passionate about ending online abuse, self-care, meaningful inclusion and political leadership. I’m an inspirational public speaker and have been invited to deliver talks internationally including Washington DC, Istanbul and Ottawa.
I’m currently the Founder and Executive Director of Glitch, a young not-for-profit organisation that is determined to end online abuse through advocacy, campaigning and education. Many of Glitch’s achievements have been acknowledged in Parliament and captured in books such as Slay in Your Lane and Misogynation. This year I’ve been shortlisted as a Digital Leader of the Year Finalist and in 2018 I was named both Stylist Magazine’s Woman of the Week and Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender. Last year I was invited back to Geneva to present at the 38th United Nations Human Rights Council on online-gender based violence and again in 2019 to 10th session of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards to discuss how to update the Convention on racial discrimination to include online abuse. I’ve also written several pieces including for the Guardian, Gender IT.og and Huffington Post.
I’m a graduate from the London School of Economics and Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme. I’m also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Fellow of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Growing up in one of the poorest boroughs in London, I became involved in politics in various ways to make a positive difference in my community. In 2014, I was elected as the youngest black female Councillor in East London at age 23 and served for four years.
I have designed and facilitated workshops for over 6 years and on political leadership and democracy, soft skills and inclusion in London around the world including London, Kuwait, Uganda, Montenegro and UAE. Clients have been Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Commonwealth, National Democratic Institute and the British Council.