Who we are
MIAHWRA is a non-profit, non-denominational and non-partisan organisation, and its principles of intervention and philosophy are oriented by a human rights and gender-based perspective.
What we do
MIAHWRA centres its efforts on combating the trafficking of individuals and abuse of women from a human rights and gender-based approach.
For successful rehabilitation, social reinsertion and support to escape the circle of exploitation, women in a situation of vulnerability would be provided education and training towards gaining complete dependence from exploiters and abusers. According to the previous education of each individual, they can be offered different training options. All of the women who participate in our program will receive proposals for education and training and for employment once they are prepared for it. MIAHWRA also assists women towards self-employment when employment is not possible for them.
Why we do it
MIAHWRA’s goal is that individuals who suffer sexual exploitation, human trafficking and abused girls and women recover their freedom and dignity, asserting their rights, and that they achieve the necessary autonomy to begin a life outside of the control and abuse of their exploiters.
Our Mission & Our Vision
Through promotion of individuals’ rights and defence, MIAHWRA’s goal is to contribute to the prevention and eradication of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and abuse of girls and women.
MIAHWRA envisions individuals who suffer sexual exploitation and human trafficking, as well as abused girls and women recover their freedom and dignity, asserting their rights, and achieve autonomy to begin a life outside of the control and abuse of their exploiters.
The organization’s intervention also includes changing the reality that perpetuates the exploitation of women. Thus, works towards eradicating this phenomenon.
Aims and Objectives:
- To use the mass media to promote the crusade against human trafficking and women rights abuse within and outside Nigeria.
- To rehabilitate victims of human trafficking and abuse.
- To organize campaigns in schools, churches, community squares and other social agencies against human trafficking and women rights abuse.
- Support existing agencies and organizations in creating awareness programmes geared towards promoting women rights, girl child education, capacity development and youth empowerment.
- Assist in self-help programmes to enhance living standards of victims of human trafficking and rights abuse and create an avenue for them to fend for themselves.
- Support charitable organizations and other groups as may be required.
- Our objective is to achieve a society that is aware of the existence of various forms of exploitation and human trafficking and to avoid the stigma and guilt that, in addition, the victims of these crimes suffer.
- MIAHWRA in addition to these social awareness and advocacy efforts, provides access to justice support to victims of these crimes.
About the founder
In 1999, Ms. Ovuorie lost a loved one to human trafficking. Consequently, a life dedicated to human trafficking and a better life for girls and women began. She started researching human trafficking and other related crimes.
As an investigative journalist with Premium Times, Nigeria’s online investigative news medium, she was commissioned to go undercover to investigate human trafficking in Nigeria. From May 2013 to November same year, she infiltrated various trafficking syndicates. She emerged bruised and narrowly escaped with her life but never remained the same. She became very ill.
With the help of Washington based International Women Media Foundation (IWMF) through the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), NewYork, she was treated and managed for trauma and emotional related ailments for over a year in Nigeria and the United States of America.
Having had a first hand experience of what human trafficking victims go through, particularly life after being trafficked and abused, she decided to return to Nigeria and contribute her quota to a safer world for girls and women.
Ms. Ovuorie and some loved ones who are advocates of a safer world for girls and women nurtured MIAHWRA from just an idea to reality.
“MIAHWRA”, Ms. Ovuorie says “it’s a part of the recovery process for me and other victims of human trafficking and abuse”.