2019 Civil Society Organisation Professionalism, Effectiveness and Therapy (CSO-CPET) workshop
- October 28, 2019
- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Civil Society Organisation Professionalism, Effectiveness and Therapy workshop is one of the numerous initiatives designed by Access Bank in partnership with CSR-in-Action to actualise its capacity building goal amongst stakeholders in particular non-profits and civil society organisations. Initiated in 2016, with the aim of building capacity and promoting excellence amongst civil society groups, inspiring and driving professional ethics in the business operations of CSOs and creating new solutions to the prevalent challenges faced by private organisations in seeking partnership with CSOs, a number of themes which includes: report proposal and grant writing, project monitoring and evaluation, collaboration: organising an effective community outreach amongst other have been espoused upon in the course of the 8th different series of hosting the programme.
The C-PET training which is currently in its 10th series has witnessed participation from about 400 civil society organisations on various far-reaching initiatives with diverse partners from world-class firms, including PwC, Total and Nigerian Breweries. The training is free and available to registered CSOs and NGOs in Nigeria.
The C-PET training is fully supported by Access Bank.
Meet the facilitator
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin traversed courageously where men fear to tread. She remained consistent without minding the hazards to her person in a society where critical voices are loathed by an unjust system which rewards the crook and punishes the just. She graduated in 1987 from the University of Ilorin where she got a BA. ED English and Education. She returned to the same school and bagged her M. Ed in Guidance and Counseling and her Ph.D. (History and Policy of Education) in 1996.
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has over 30 years’ experience in human rights work in Nigeria. She cut her teeth in activism as the Secretary of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State from 1988 – 1991 and the Coordinator of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State branch 1991 – 1996; Chairperson, Rethink Nigeria (1987 – 1992) and Chairperson, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, Kwara State branch (1990 – 1996).
Her foray into human rights activism was at a period when the Babangida dictatorship was baring its fangs and locking up critical voices. She became one of the targets of the administration as she was arrested and detained for not less than seventeen times at different locations: Division B Police Station Ilorin; Police Headquarters Ilorin; SSS Headquarters Ilorin; SSS HQ Maitama Abuja; Panti Police Station Lagos; Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos; and Alagbon Close in Lagos.
She was the General Secretary, Campaign for Democracy (CD) from March 1996 – July 29, 2006 (10 years) when she became the President on July 29- March 19, 2016 (10 years). She’s also the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative; Chairman, Task Force of the Citizens Forum, Spokesperson, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, President, Centre for Change in Community Development and Public Awareness(CDP) and Convener, Nigerians Unite Against Terror (NUAT).
Under the aegis of Women Arise for Change Initiative, an organization she founded in 2003, Dr. Joe has handled over 4,000 cases of gender based violence nature and also helped victims to seek redress in court and finally rehabilitate some of them.
Dr. Joe has won many awards to her credit. In summation, she won 20 Awards in 2007, 24 Awards in 2008, 30 Awards in 2009, 40 Awards in 2010, 45 Awards in 2011, 50 Awards in 2012. In March 2013 alone, she received four International Awards, including the US International Woman of Courage; 55 in all, 58 awards in 2014; 60 awards in 2015, 60 awards in 2016, 60 awards in 2017; 54 awards in 2018 and still counting. 601 in total
Her consistency and unwavering determination for survival of democracy in Nigeria made Professor Wole Soyinka to describe her as follows on the 4th of July, 2006: “I present to you a tireless fighter whose frail bearing, bellies an inner strength and resilience purpose, a veteran of affirmative marches, of crude arrests and detentions, baton charges and tear gas who have lent luster to the struggle for justice and human dignity, who remain an inspiration of men and women, old and young.
Deadline for application: 23 October, 2019