Echoes of Women in Africa Initiative is a Nigerian non profit, non governmental women human rights organization promoting peace security for African Women and Girls. ECOWA engages stakeholders in monitoring compliance to international, regional and national policies on the protection of women and girl’s rights in conflict including their participation in peace processes. This organization was founded in 2010 and formerly registered in May 2011 with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (RC 44955).
Our Mission Statement and Purpose ECOWA’s Mission is to work non violently for peace, security of women for practical solutions to development, ECOWA also inform, mobilise, organise and engage on issues violence against women and girls in the home and community and working to:
Ensure the protection of female victims/ survivors in conflict.
Conflict Prevention, Resolution/ Reconciliation.
Our Strategies include: Preventing violence through public outreach and awareness raising, capacity building, creating opportunities for women to exercise social, economic political rights and influencing traditional practices, behavioral change, strengthening institutional response and implementation on policies, media campaign, research, monitoring documentation and advocacy. Others are: coalition building at the local, state, national, regional and international levels; support for the provision of community- based, non-violent alternatives – such as shelter programs – IDPS, battered women and eradication of social, cultural and religious systems which contribute to violence against women and girls. .
Our focus Areas are: Human Rights, Women and girls, Peace and Security, Non violence, Women Economic and Political Empowerment, IDPs, Democracy and Election.
Our Structure ECOWA Initiative has 5 member Board of Directors who play advisory roles- Dr Sam Ogbeide, Mrs Bridget Osakwe, Barr. Itoro Eze-Anaba, Mrs Maria Nnwancukwu.
Staff who carry on with daily management of the office are: Louisa Ono Eikhomun Executive Director Catherine Duru Deputy Executive Director Barrister W. Imaralu Legal Officer Eke Egbuka Programme Officer( Ibadan Office) Debby Oboh Programme Assistant Emmanuella Ogbeide ICT
Women Thrive Alliance
Women Major Group
West Africa Peace Building Network (WANEP)
Coalition on Affirmative Action( NCAA)
Human Rights Agenda Network ( HRAN)
Partnerships and Collaboration • Group of( G6) Beijing+20. • Ministry of Women Affairs Women Development Center • Lagos State Ministry of The Environment • Nigerian Police Force • Women Arise for Change Initiative • Legal Defence and Assisted Projects( LEDAP) • Partnership for Justice • Vision Spring Initiatives • Equality Now
Promoting Peace and Security for African Women and Girls