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).

About Us

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…

Thematic Areas

Reproductive Health and Rights

Gender Based Violence and Human Rights

Governance & Leadership

Media Engagement across Channels


Project Impact

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.