- Nigeria's Thursdaline Peter is a Taekwondo fighter, referee and trainer
- She recently won an international refereeing award
- She hopes to inspire women and spread a message of gender equality
A Nigerian female Taekwondo fighter, referee and trainer is on a mission to inspire women to believe in themselves and to spread a message of gender equality.
Thursdaline Peter, who is Nigeria's youngest referee, teaches young people self-defense and travels around the world to referee in global Taekwondo competitions.
She has won medals representing Nigeria in competitions in Africa and Asia, both as a competitor and referee.
Recently, she won "Best Referee" award at the Chuncheon Korea Open International Championship 2017.
In a recent interview with BBC, Thursdaline said she took up the sport to help fight abuse against women. She shared how she often stood up to boys who sought to bully her as a young girl.
She urged men to stop bullying women through abuse and indecent assault, adding that her training sessions help young women to keep fit and protect themselves at the same time.
To women, she said: "I want to urge women out there not to allow any man to make them feel inferior by telling them they are weak. You are strong. You have the strength."
Watch Thursdaline's video below.