News & Updates
February 23, 2014
Meet Doyin Ogunyemi, our next Rotary Peace Fellow from Class 12. Doyin is pursuing a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford, Division of Peace Studies. This will be a second post-graduate degree for Doyin who already holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. Her undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery was conferred from the University of Ibadan in 2004.
Since completing her first post-graduate degree in 2009, Doyin has practiced as a Public Health physician involved in community health outreach, disaster management, epidemic outbreak response, and research. She is a member of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) and the West African College of Physicians (WACP).
As a serving member of APHPN since 2008, Doyin’s activities include a focus on community-based approaches to peace and conflict resolution, mobilizing communities to promote people-centered approaches to public health issues, building partnerships across sectors and disciplines, collecting science-based information, and sharing experiences. Her academic interests include the relationship between conflict, poverty and health; community-based initiatives for prevention, early detection, and the proactive resolution of conflicts; and resolving conflicts in order to build collaboration.
Doyin’s research interests lay in the implications of conflict in the public health and health care systems, environmental conflict management, and sustainable development. She has a special interest in addressing the community-wide health, social, and economic issues raised by ongoing conflicts that are rooted in the effects of extreme poverty, violence, population displacements, and the collapse of public health services. Doyin chose to pursue her second postgraduate degree—a Master’s in Conflict Resolution—to support her research in these particular areas.
We asked each Peace Fellow two interview questions. Here are Doyin’s answers:
1. What is your opinion about the prospects of an end to armed conflict in the next 50 years?
While an optimistic approach to life is the best, it is a difficult one to sustain in terms of being able to foretell an end to armed conflict. The era of the ‘security dilemma’ (sometimes called the spiral model) has led to arms racing which is seen by nations as a show of power. The accumulation of arms with the notion to be more secure has the propensity for armed violence to continue for some time (unless properly checked).
2. What do you believe are the three most important contributing factors to fostering peace within and among nations?
The promotion of social justice and the use of media to speak against social inequities
Global cooperation and bottom to top approaches in governance
The involvement of peace workers in developing strategies for conflict ‘prevention’ rather than ‘reaction’ across all cadres of the society
Doyin’s choice to use her considerable intellect and passion to improve the lives of Nigerian people is inspirational for anyone who wants to participate in reaching the long-term goal of global peace. Her contributions do not end at the borders of Nigeria. Her work demonstrates that wherever your peace building stage is—within the family—the community—the region—or the nation, your work will resonate far beyond that place. This young peacemaker’s research is invaluable to the improvement of lives around the world, as all nations face the same challenges described in Doyin’s background, particularly in the areas of conflict management and sustainable development.
We hope that Doyin will keep us informed about her progress. Thank you, Doyin, for all that you have already accomplished and will accomplish in years to come.
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