Onyoja Momoh, leading junior (Barrister, England & Wales) and academic expert in international child and family law, holds a University of Aberdeen lectureship. She was shortlisted for Rising Star – Barrister/Advocate of the Year in the Women in Law Awards 2020 and is consistently ranked in the Legal 500 UK for children law since 2017. She was a post-doctoral Research Fellow on the EU-funded POAM project exploring the protection of mothers and their children in 1980 Hague return proceedings in cases involving gender-based violence. In recent years, Onyoja’s research and advocacy initiatives, including as inaugural chair of NGPIL, have focused on the conflict of laws/private international law (family law) in Africa, with a particular interest in Nigeria, and the sub-Saharan region.
When Ruth Bader Ginsburgh was asked when there will be enough women on the Supreme Court, it shocked people to hear her say nine. In some ways this vision resonates with how much higher women have to aim, to shoot for the moon in order to land amongst the stars. Organizations such as The Women in Law Initiatives are vital to encouraging and enhancing the capacity of women in the legal profession. It is always a personal privilege to join the many who unapologetically champion equal opportunities for women.