Professor Agatha Nonyem Taiwo Eguavoen attended the University of Ibadan where she obtained her First, Second and Third degrees in Sociology with specialization in Criminology and Gender studies.
She started her career as an Assistant Lecturer in September, 1984 in the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma (BENSU) now Ambrose Alli University.
Her earlier research career was in the field of crime and criminal deviations especially amongst women. She researched in crimes committed by women and also crimes against women. She worked extensively on abortion as a gender specific crime and the impact of labeling on attitudes towards liberalization of abortion laws in the country, the high incidence of occurrence inspite of restrictive laws against abortion. Her research interest covers virtually all facets of women and girl child life circles - child labour and abuse, child marriage, defilement and rape, female gentile mutilation (FGM), wife inheritance, child and women trafficking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, women in conflict zones, terrorism from an African perspective and obnoxious widowhood practices amongst others.
She has won many research grants from various International bodies and entered into collaborations with some of them to enable her carry out this wide range of studies, organizations such as Ford foundation, Rockefeller foundation, Social Science Academy of Nigeria, UN women and a host of others.
She has received so many awards, for her works and activism for women issues. The most cherished of all the awards is that by EDWI (Edo Women Initiative July, 2017) on her battle against sexual harassment in Nigerian Universities – an award she dedicated to all women who had suffered sexual harassment, at one point or the other of their lives, including herself being once a victim (survivor) of sexual harassment.
She is widely travelled and her research work had taken her round the whole continents of the world. She has deep passion for women, their work life and their home environment. She is well known and accepted amongst her peers and Professional body – International Sociological Association (ISA) and represents the African women in their research group – Women in Society (RC32). A commitment that has taken her round the African countries working and observing women in their work/home environment.
At the National level, she has contributed her quota in the developmental stride of the country.
She was a member of the review panel on National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS 1 & 2 documents). representing the Social Science Academy of Nigeria. A member of the Vision 20:20:20 (Gender & Human Resource Group) and member Edo State Orientation Policy Committee, amongst others.
In her University, she was the first female warden of the first female hostel – Emotan Hall, Hall Mistress, Head of Department of Sociology at various times over the years, one time Director of academic planning, two term Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences ( a male dominated faculty), the first and still the only female Professor of the faculty. She has been in the business of capacity building for over 30 years in her academic career, building high level capacity profiles, including teaching at National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies Guru, Jos.
She mentored most of her students in all spheres of life and she is married with children