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 Secured Environment. Our Structure ECOWA Initiative has an nine member board of trustees seven of whom are women who play advisory roles: Col David Anto, Dr Sam Ogbeide, Mrs Bridget Osakwe, Mrs Itoro Eze-Ababa, Niss Kate Duru, Mrs Yetunde Oladeinde, Mrs Yinka Iziren, Miss Emmanuella Ogbeide and Mrs Louisa Ono Eikhomun.
Staff who carry on with daily management of the office are: Louisa Ono Eikhomun Executive Director Catherine Duru Senior Programme Officer Barrister W. Imaralu Legal Officer Peace James Programme Officer Debby Oboh Volunteer Isaac Oluwafisayo Ajayi Volunteer
West Africa Peace Building Network (WANEP)
African Women Network on Water and Sanitation
Coalition on Affirmative Action( NCAA)
Human Rights Agenda Network ( HRAN)
Partnerships and Collaboration • Group of( G6) Beijing+20. • Federal Ministry of Women Affairs • Lagos State Ministry of The Environment • Nigerian Police Force • Women Arise for Change Initiative • Legal Defence and Assisted Projects( LEDAP) • Partnership for Justice • Idea Builders • Vision Spring Initiatives • Equality Now
Promoting Peace and Security for African Women and Girls