Engagement of our Information Specialist on the Continental Scale


John GBENAGNON is a Bilingual Social Entrepreneur, Community Developer and Communicator Specialist, Mentor, Human Rights activist, Community leader, International Speaker and a key figure among the next generation of leaders in Africa.
He has more than 7 years of expertise in communication, community development, and project management.


     WhatsApp: +229 61549790


     Republic of Benin

     Birth date: 25th December 1993

     Nationality: Beninese

     Marital status: Married with 1 Child

     Gender: Male

Work experience
January 2012 – Up to Now   Reseau des Femmes Leaders pour le Developpement Cotonou, Bénin https://rflgd.org/  Communication Specialist Support the development of the organization website;Raising the profile of the project through consistent presence on social media throughout the year and creating momentum particularly ahead of key events by creating and managing a facebook page and twitter handle;Establish a network and work closely with major national, regional and international media houses as well as the AU media unit; Secure interviews for members of the board and collaborate with the media to cover high level events;For internal purpose, creating a shared folder with the necessary materials for members to access;Setting up and managing a comprehensive list of key stakeholders that will receive regular updates.
  October 2017 – January 2020 African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies Banjul, Gambia https://www.acdhrs.org/  Communication and Information Consultant Organization of press conferences and issuing of press releases; Act as General Rapporteur: issuing press releases as the case may be; Increase Centre’s visibility on social media; Develop communications strategies to give visibility to EU PANAF Project and its related activities and monitor projects activities online organized by the ACDHRS and other Consortium partners Publish annual reports (including EU Project and other Projects), conference and  workshop reports for dissemination Uploading, updating the Centre’s  website in addition to other internet-related tasks, such as regular social media updates and interaction; Develop, implement, monitor and update Information and Communications strategy for ACDHRS; Revamp the ACDHRS quarterly print and electronic newsletter (includes writing and editing of articles, soliciting articles from partners)  
February 2014 – November 2016 OZ-COM (Company in Communication, Advertisement, Consultancy in Oil Sector and Printing house) Cotonou, BéninGeneral Manager Assistant Administrative tasks (mailing, correspondences, schedule and meetings)Funds Transfer supervision (accuracy of data, and follow-up of transfer from the company to the bank)
Community service 
FEMNET MEMBER African Women’s Development and Communication Network, 2014 – Up to now https://femnet.org/29 June – 1st July 2017 : Social Media Consultant during the 4th African Union High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (Ethiopia) 03 – 05 May 2017: Safeguarding Our Gains: African Women Collective Action on Defining the Pathway to Achieve 2030 Agenda for SDGs (Kenya) 22 – 27 January 2017 : Social Media Consultant during the 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit (African Union Headquarters) 17 – 21 January 2016: 27th GIMAC l 8th African Union Gender Pre-Summit l African Ministerial Pre-Consultative Meeting on CSW60 (Ethiopia) 14 – 16 November 2014: FEMNET Delegate at the UN Women Summit: Africa CSOs Review Meeting on Beijing+20 (Ethiopia)
AFRICAN UNION DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS Democracy – Elections & Governance in Africa 10 October 2015 https://au.int/Benin National Facilitator: Selected by the AGA Secretariat to organize a National Consultation on Youth Participation in Politics with focus on young women leadership and participation followed by a series of local consultations on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The consultations gathered more than 150 participants and as result, recommendations document were submitted to the President of the Benin Parliament H.E. Adrien Houngbedji. https://africaismoving.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/benin-young-people-advocate-for-their-political-empowerment-dgtrends/  
GLOBI (Global Observatory for Inclusion), 2016 – 2017 http://www.globi-observatory.org/Community Developer Recruitment of contributors to submit articles in order to animate the website; Outreach and Negotiation with partners about the observatory for future collaboration; Design and monitoring of innovative social media strategies; Representative of the observatory during International Meetings
PANAFRICAN ENGAGEMENT25 – 27 November 2019 : The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief and Gender Equality Regional Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed, Johannesburg – South Africa 05 – 06 September 2019 : NGOs Representative during the 3rd AUC – NANHRI Policy Forum on the State of African National Human Rights Institutions, African Union Headquarter (Addis Ababa – Ethiopia) 01 – 02 July 2019 : Benin Youth Delegate during the 1st African Peer Review Mechanism Youth Symposium, N’djamena – Chad 06 March 2019 : CIVICUS Consortium Co-Design Meeting for Democratic Space and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg – South Africa 09 – 10 October 2018 : Africa Delegate during the 8th African Union & European Union Civil Society Human Rights Seminar, Brussels – Belgium 21 – 22 September 2017 : Delegate during the African Union West & Central Africa Regional Youth Consultation: Enhancing Young Peoples’ Participation in Electoral Process in Africa, Abuja – Nigeria 12 – 14 September 2017 : Delegate and Panelist during the ECOWAS workshop on Youth Engagement towards Sustainable Peace and Security, Abidjan – Cote d’Ivoire 08 – 11 August 2017, UN Women Reporter during the Women Advancing Africa Forum – “Driving Social and Economic Transformation”, Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania 23 – 26 November 2016: Blogger and Reporter during the African Union Fifth Annual High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa: Trends, Challenges and Prospects, Arusha – the United Republic of Tanzania 04 – 08 December 2015: Benin CSO Representative during the African Union Youth Forum and the 4th High level dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa, Kigali – Rwanda 08 – 15 August 2015: Second International Tax Justice Academy (Tax Justice Network Africa), Machakos County – Kenya 4 – 7 March 2015 : Youth Delegate at the 8th Pan African Congress, Accra International Conference Centre – Ghana 13 – 17 September 2014: Benin Youth Representative at the AU Summit on Silencing the Guns in Africa, Democracy and Governance Trends, Nairobi – Kenya
A World At School (AWAS), 2012 – 2017 https://theirworld.org/news/day-of-the-african-child-2016-our-global-youth-ambassadors-stand-up-for-children-8217-s-rightsGlobal Youth Ambassador (GYA) 04 – 07 October 2017: One Young World Ambassador during the One Young World Summit 2017 held in Bogota, Colombia 30 March – 04 April 2015: Global Youth Advocacy Workshop on Global Citizenship Education, Busan, South Korea 18 – 25 February 2013: Scholarship from UNESCO to take part in Wenchi, Ghana to the Global Entrepreneurship Training organized in partnership with UNITWIN, Handong Global University and the Methodist University of Ghana
Education and training
Certificate on Story Telling – Women at the Heart of Africa Development UN WOMEN AFRICA https://awctn.unwomen.org/en/highlights/changing-the-narrative-of-african-women-in-and-through-the-media August 2017
Certificate of Gender-sensitive Governance Course towards creating an enabling environment for gender equality and women empowerment: Certificate jointly presented by the Voices for Change, Nigeria program and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)February 2015
Degree in Business and  Entrepreneurship Methodist University of Ghana Wenchi (Ghana)February 2013
University Degree in Literary Studies (option: English) – HNDAugust 2013
A2 Level (Sciences) Entente Public High SchoolAugust 2011
 Personal skills and competences 
 Blogging and Social Media management l Translation (French – English) l Project Management l Personal Development l Coaching l Negotiation l Microsoft Office (Word – Excel – PowerPoint) l Video Editing l Graphic Design
ENGLISHExcellent Excellent Excellent
FRENCHExcellent Excellent Excellent


He was Rapporteur, Communication and Information during these Meetings related to African and International Human Rights Mechanisms:

1.             https://www.acdhrs.org/oct-2017-hr/

2.             https://www.acdhrs.org/subregional-consultation/   

3. https://www.acdhrs.org/northern-african-training-of-trainers-workshop-on-african-human-rights-mechanisms/

4.             https://www.acdhrs.org/2018/07/acdhrs-fdf/

5.             https://www.acdhrs.org/2018/08/abuja-training/

6. https://www.acdhrs.org/2019/10/capacity-building-training-workshop-for-csos-on-regional-human-rights-mechanism/

7. https://www.acdhrs.org/2019/10/first-lusophone-training-of-trainers-workshop-on-african-human-rights-systems-mechanisms-with-a-special-focus-on-freedom-of-association-assembly/

8. https://www.acdhrs.org/2019/11/women-peace-table-consolidating-efforts-for-the-stability-of-peace-in-gambia-senegal-and-guinea-bissau/

9. https://www.acdhrs.org/2019/10/forum-on-the-participation-of-ngos-in-the-65th-ordinary-session-of-the-achpr-and-39th-african-human-rights-book/

10.            http://educationcommission.org/updates/sohoutou-initiative-consultation/


1. https://rflgd.org/2019/09/10/comment-garantir-la-paix-a-travers-la-reduction-des-inegalites/

2.  https://rflgd.org/2019/09/10/femme-agent-de-developpement-et-de-lintegration-sociale/

3.              https://www.oneyoungworld.com/ambassador-projects/sohoutou-initiative

4.              http://www.globi-observatory.org/author/john-gbenagnon/

5.              https://soundcloud.com/sohoutou-info/interview-ahlonsou-francois-john-gbenagnon

6.              https://soundcloud.com/sohoutou-info/interview-lucie-boevi-john-gbenagnon

7.              http://www.kaironews.com/consortium-members-met-to-evaluate-and-review-panaf-civil-society-project/

8.               https://theirworld.org/news/day-of-the-african-child-2016-our-global-youth-ambassadors-stand-up-for-children-8217-s-rights

9.               https://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/horn-africa-bulletin-volume-28-issue-6-november-december-2016-un-resolution-1325-16

10. http://cidh-afrique.org/la-jeunesse-a-lhonneur-lors-du-9e-pre-sommet-de-lunion-africaine-sur-le-genre-addis-abeba-22-27-janvier-2017/

11.             http://cidh-afrique.org/onu-femmes-lance-le-cedaw-pour-la-jeunesse/

12. https://opportunitydesk.org/2015/04/02/young-leaders-selected-for-global-youth-advocacy-workshop-on-gced/

13. http://www.globi-observatory.org/fulfilling-the-full-potential-of-african-youth-in-decision-spaces/


1.         https://africaismoving.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/benin-youth-hold-national-conversation-on-democracy-and-governance-trends

2.         https://africaismoving.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/benin-young-people-advocate-for-their-political-empowerment-dgtrends


  1. https://youtu.be/lVYjYdT7Qyc
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqWeSsaBrXA
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2t_MGsa_Ho
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zywDp0qYW3k