Eucharia Madueke is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur in the Nigerian Province. She has expertise in social analysis, grassroots mobilization and organization. She coordinates women project of the African Faith and Justice Network (AFJN). Prior to AFJN, Eucharia was with NETWORK as an organization associate. She also served as a high school teacher, formator, and provincial of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Nigerian Province. Eucharia holds a master's degree in social work from Catholic University of America and a doctorate in development and public policy from the department of African Studies of Howard University, Washington D.C.
Female head porters are unskilled, uneducated migrant women, usually from poverty-stricken families of northern Ghana who move down to southern Ghana for work. They generally live in very poor conditions and lack social protection; they are exposed to all forms of sexual and physical exploitation, resulting in unplanned pregnancies and children being raised on the street. Because their job involves lifting and carrying heavy goods for long distances, most of them suffer physical ailments.
Working under the Africa Faith & Justice Network in Nigeria, sisters from different congregations went on a five-day advocacy trip to educate and advocate on the local level for the closing of illegal brothels where girls are trafficked for commercial sex in rural communities.
Overcoming their own fears, 86 Nigerian sisters did what they have not done before: express their dissatisfaction in public. At the gates of the National Assembly and to Police Headquarters, they found support for their message of solidarity with suffering Nigerians.
Everyone is born with worth and dignity, choices and opportunities. Unfortunately, some individuals enlarge their own choices and opportunities at the expense of others by creating unjust systems and structures. This deprivation of the humanity of others became clearer to me as a provincial of my religious community some years ago.