Charmaine Pereira  is a feminist scholar-activist living and working in Abuja, Nigeria. She is editor of special issue number 22, of the continental scholarly journal Feminist Africa, on the theme of ‘Feminists Organising – Strategy, Voice, Power’. Her research and writing addresses themes such as feminist thought and practice; the gender and sexual politics of violence; women organising and the state. She is the author of Gender in the Making of the Nigerian University System (James Currey/Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, 2007) and editor of Changing Narratives of Sexuality: Contestations, Compliance and Women’s Empowerment (Zed, 2014). Pereira has been an active force in the coalition pushing for the passage of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015, and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women (LACVAW).