Affirmative Action Initiative for women (NCAA) is an Umbrella Organization of over 20 NGOs across the state working on women’s rights. 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 organized by CIRDDOC, in collaboration with the National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC), Coalition of Eastern NGOs (CENGOS) and the Women’s Committee of the House of Representatives.
NCAA was registered under Company and Allied Matters Act, in Abuja in 2014 with registration CAC/IT/No/ 62744. Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA) has operational office in Enugu,
The organization before the exit of the 7th Assembly has been working in Enugu state facilitating legislative advocacy for the passage of Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB) into law in Enugu State which is in its Publicmhearing stage before the exist of 8th Assembly.
Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA) is network of CSOs and community-based organization that is largely dependent on membership dues and donor project funds to carry out its work
NCAA has been supported in the past by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in the project ”Affirmative Action for increased Participation of Women in politics: From project to Policy Change” project as well as IPAS.
NCAA is presently being supported by Voices for Change (V4C) a project of DFID. NCAA has a publication to its credit titled “Affirmative Action for Women in politics: From projects to Policy Change, A National Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA) Project Experience Dissemination Publication”. NCAA produces a quarterly newsletter titled (Gender Issues, 50:50 by 2015 working on the domestication of CEDAW and the Protocol to the African Chatter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of women in Africa since 2007.
NCAA has engaged in simplification, publication and dissemination of CEDAW, AU Protocol and other publication on affirmative Action. Also, NCAA has conducted legislative retreats, advocacy visits, constituency fora, capacity building and mentoring of female politicians at State and federal levels.
NCAA has also received another stream of funding from UNFPA for the purpose of improving the knowledge of law enforcement officers on some gender based issues. To this end, law enforcement officers were trained on the management and prosecution of sexual and gender based violence.
A society where gender discrimination is eradicated
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 exist to enhance her capacity to promote affirmative action 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.
Teamwork, Accountability, Transparency, Indusiveness, Justice and Equity