Abigail M Renner was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she lived all her life with the loving support of her family. She attended the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College, where she was awarded with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.) in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, she is doing a volunteer work as a lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone, whilst wrapping up her Master’s Program in Gender Studies at the same university. As part of a fulfillment of the requirement for her Masters’ degree program, she is actively engaged in a research topic on “Women and the Extractive Industry in Sierra Leone: Diamonds and Rutile”. Her future research areas include Gender and Security Sector, Gender, development and Human Rights and many more.
At the moment, she is staying in Ottawa, Canada, as a visiting scholar (Researcher) at the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University for a period of three months. This is in connection with the Students’ for Development Program (SFD) undertaking research as part of “Promoting Gender Equality, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance in Africa and Canada”. The project includes Carleton University, the University of Sierra Leone, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Ghana; it is funded through CIDA’s Students for Development (SFD) program which is managed by the association of Universities and colleges of Canada.
It is her hope to continue building quality friendships around the world that could enhance her with the necessary intellectual tools to educate marginalized citizens and help create awareness about the need for a stable and peaceful society, building new kind’s of connection affinities and communities across her country and elsewhere, which drive towards maintaining world peace and the empowerment of individuals