State of Origin: Imo Local Government Area: Onu-Imo Village/Town: Umudurodu Okwelle Miss Frances N. Ogwo is from Umudurodu village in Okwelle Community of Onu-Imo Local Government Area of Imo State. She is a determined lady who has worked hard lo bring herself into a Hall of Fame. She is a lady of decent philosophy and values in life. Education Imo State University (present Abia State University. Uturu) B.A (Hons). Linguistics 1990 University of Lagos. Masters in International Law (MILD) 1998 • University of Lagos. Diploma in Computer Science - Computer Productivity Tools. Job Experiences Executive Director. Human Rights Laws Service ( HURILAWS) Lagos 1998 date with specific roles as the daily management of the organisation, strategic planning of programmes and activities, conceptualizing and developing projects, proposal and report writing, fund raising, project administration, liaising with donor agencies, local communities and other constituencies with whose HURILAWS works. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer of the Institute from September 2001 - September 2003 In Project Administration. Miss Ogwo has the Charge of HURILAW'S Institutional and Regulator)' Reform Programme. Co-ordinated the Execution of Project 100 and Enugu Prisons Project which released about six hundred (600) prisoners awaiting trial. The report was given wide publicity by the Press especially Express Newspapers for two months in 1999. She executed the Project 1000. the release of 1000 awaiting trials from Prisons across Nigeria between 2002 and 2003. She implemented another Project 1000, the release of 1000 awaiting Trial from the South-East and South West Regions of Nigeria. • Other Projects include Access to Justice- and organising conferences and seminars for HURILAWS • These include the Public Hearing on the Anti-Corruption Bill in Lagos in August 1999 • A Collaboration between HURILAWS, THIS DAY NEWSPAPERS and CHANNEL TELEVISION. The Human Rights Laws Retreat 1999 in Lagos Debate on the Abolition of Death Penalty - a collaboration between HURILAWS and Amnesty International. Nigeria 1998 • The 3rd West African Human Rights Forum ( WAHRF, 1999) In this challenging task, she mediated often difficult communications with some Inter-governmental Partners, the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) with admirable facility . the HURILAW- THIS DAY Joint Water Front Forum on the challenges of Electoral Reform in Nigeria May 2001 Some Achievements • Successfully organised the Civil Society Forum on Justice Sector Reform held in Abuja May 2001 • 2NI> HURILAWS-THIS DAY Waterfront Forum on Managing Election Conflicts in Nigeria December 2001 • The STAKEHOLDERS Forum on Justice Sector Reform in Nigeria 2002 • The Training Workshop on Local Government Administration and Development in December 2003 • Civil Society Policy Dialogue on the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy ( NEEDS) which is the medium-term economic reform, programme of the Nigerian Government between 2004 and 2007 • Attended many national, regional and international conferences and was instrumental to obtaining Observer Status for HURILAWS with the African Commission of Human and People's Rights ( ACTIIPR) in 2002 Worked as Community Development Officer in 1997 on the Project CLEAN UP NIGERIA- She wrote proposals . planned and conducted seminars and talk-shops with Youths including various secondary schools, such as Kings College Lagos. Methodist Girls Secondary School Yaba etc She was in collaboration with NGO's and other International agencies like UNICEF. UNFPA and British Council for training on Female Reproductive Sanitation projects in conjunction with UNICEF. in Secondary Schools , Clean Up Nigeria was an environment concerned non-governmental organisation and had the mandate of Campaigning for clean environment in the Country and other environmental concerns. It also diversified into Female Reproductive Health and Sexual Health Frances worked especially with Adolescent Girls, enlightening them on the danger of HI V/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies and their effects on hampering their progress in life. She was involved in liaising with other interest groups and the people at the grassroots. Worked with Dalgo Investment and Trust Co Ltd as a Treasury Officer Research Junior Stall" writer with Nigeria Newsweek Magazine on National Service Programme ( NYSC) Publications • Contextualizing Needs- Economic and Political Reforms in Nigeria: • A Civil Society Policy Dialogue on the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy NEEDS 2004 (edited with Dr Sam Amadi) • A Publication of HURILAWS and CPPR International Protection of Human Rights and National Sovereignty: The Nigerian Experience, 1998, University of Lagos. Membership of Learned Societies • Member. Nigerian Society of International Laws ( NSIL) • Member. Amnesty International Nigeria • Member. Association of Women's Rights Development ( AWID) Canada • Member. Concerned Professionals Nigeria • A devout Christian, she belongs to the RCCG. Christ Church Parish Gbagada She is good at Drama. Reading and Writing and Photography as her hobbies She has Jesus Christ as her role model - as she believes Jesus as the embodiment of everything good. She has this advice for Igbo Youths and Leadership. "The Igbo should take the good examples of other tribes and be more openminded and less money conscious. They should get more professional and have their eyes on the big ball. We need to organize and look at the why we have been failing. The Leaders should encourage Young people and instil the spirit of brotherhood, fear of God and good moral values ". Source Publication: The Igbo Icon
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