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Grace Oyebola Adetula
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Grace Oyebola Adetula, an affiliate of the Center is an International Expert on Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Youth and Children Matters. She was formerly at the Commission of African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she was responsible for the establishment of the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Unit. She also led efforts to mainstream components of drug control and crime prevention into the various programs and activities carried out by the AU. These included, but were not limited to, resolution and management of conflict, trafficking in persons and child labor, agriculture, women’s issues, children and youth matters, money laundering, terrorism, corruption, population, health, labor and social affairs, and doping in sports. Similarly, she was responsible for formulating policies, monitoring and coordinating drug control and crime prevention programs and activities among the 53-member States of the AU. In the course of her duties, she organized, supervised or attended no less than seventy-five seminars, workshops, symposia and conferences across the globe. For example, she planned the First AU Ministerial Conference on Drug Control in Africa, which was held in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire in May 2002; and the subsequent one that was held in Mauritius, from December 14 to 18, 2004.
Some of her recent publications/presentations include: “Preventive Drug Education Curricula in Nigerian Schools, and Life Skills Education in Schools,” (World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, 1992); “Women Trafficking, Drugs and Crime; Challenges within the context of War and Conflict” (the Third meeting of African Union Women 's Committee, Tunis - Tunisia, 24 - 25 April 2008); “The Impact of Alcohol and Drugs on The Spread of HIV/AIDS among Ex-Child Soldiers” (Workshop on HIV/AIDS and its impact on Ex-Child Soldiers/Captives in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, in Kampala, Uganda from February, 21-22 2008); “Drugs in Conflicts: The Challenges of Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) of Female Ex-child Soldiers in Africa” (Workshop on the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of female Ex-Child Soldiers/Captives in the Great Lakes Region, Kigali, Rwanda from December 6-7, 2007); and, “Women Trafficking, Drugs and Crime: Challenges for the African Parliament” (the Conference on the Popularization and Implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender and Equality in Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 10-12, 2007.)
Grace Adetula now works as a consultant on Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Children and Youth Issues with the Freedom Foundation, an NGO that focuses on Rehabilitation, Education and Empowerment of the vulnerable groups of the society.