The Affirmative Action Initiative for Women
NCAA is committed to the domestication of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) and the protocol to the African Charter on Human and peoples’ Rights on the rights of women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol).
The NCAA came into being on the 23rd of September, 2003 at the end of a 2- day International Public Hearing on Affirmative Action for increasing Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria held in Abuja. The Public Hearing created a forum for CSOs, legislators and women’s right Activists to discuss the need to adopt affirmative action as a strategy for increasing women’s political participation in Nigeria. Participants agreed that the domestication of CEDAW was the immediate pressing need as it would provide the legal framework to situate women’s demands for affirmative action.
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to increased participation of all genders in politics and public life through Education, information dissemination, Research, documentation, prompt service provision and delivery, legislative advocacy and Monitoring.
Increasing women's participation in politics and public life as well as domesticating international human rights instruments that promote women's rights in Nigeria
NCAA from 2014-2017 worked with Voices for Change on strengthening legal framework for the greater inclusion of women in politics and public life. During the year in review, a lot of stories of change have been documented.
At individual level. NCAA worked with adolescent women and girls in Secondary Schools to provide them with skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge some discriminatory social norms in their communities. Such changes include: reduction in the rate of forced and early marriages in Aninri (Amorji Nenwe, Odume and Ndiabor) where 15 and 16 year old respectively rejected and refused to go for suitors selected by their parents.