Esther Eshiet, is a professional Social Worker and development blogger with core competence in Sexual & Reproductive health /Rights, Entrepreneurship, Policy and Strategy. With over 7 years of work experience which spans through organizations such as Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI), Youth Action for Change(YAC), Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) and the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDs (GYCA). she has volunteered on numerous local and international projects ranging from being the Lead -author of the UNGASS National Youth Shadow Report for Nigeria presented the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS,2008.
Also in 2008- 2009,she co-facilitated the first ever Youth –Led review of the National Youth Policy (2009 – 2013), a process that was endorsed by the UNFPA Country Office and integrated into the final policy draft by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development.
Esther became a 2010 Fellow of Moremi Initiative, which inspired her to found the Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project; her MILEAD Pet Project which provides personal development, Career Guidance and Counseling services as well as Social Broking Services to young persons in Calabar and Nigeria.(www.afterschoolproject.org)
In October 2011,she was selected a Steering Committee Member of the UNAIDS #CrowdOutAIDS Project (www.crowdoutaids.org), the first crowdsourced HIV/AIDS policy and strategy in the history of the UN. The project adopted the use of Social Media platforms to chart a new strategy for the UN in its HIV/AIDS programming for young people. In the course of the same year, she joined The Bridge Leadership Foundation(TBLF) (www.thebridgeleadership.org) as Pioneer Programmes Officer.
In 2012, Esther was awarded the Prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship by the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council under its Building Bridges Programme, selected through a global competitive nomination process, she came tops amongst other 19 young female leaders. Within the same year she was selected to represent Nigeria at the Youth Panel of the UN High Level panel of Eminent Persons Group on the MDGs #Post2015 Development Agenda based on her extensive work on the Millennium Development Goals from the Youth and Gender Perspectives.