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Hope Behind Bars Africa

Hope Behind Bars Africa envisions the emergence of a humane and secure correctional system where justice is easily accessible to indigents and people who find themselves behind bars are corrected.

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Women's Rights

We believe that young people have a vital role to play in building peace, justice and strong correctional institutions in Africa.

We are dedicated to working with the correctional institution and other stakeholders to make the correctional system effective and reformatory towards better security and sustainable development for all.

People Associated With This Organization

Okeke Grace Eche

Hope Behind Bars Africa
Joined February 2022
Interests: Criminal Justice, Women's Rights
Grace is a gender Justice/leadership advocate, a community and social development enthusiast with over two years of experience with CSO in empowering women/ girls and youth through education, training mentorship, coaching, and advocacy.
Grace is currently the operations assistant with Hope Behind Bars Africa Initiative a nonprofit organization providing access to justice to the unlawfully incarcerated in Africa. She is an MBA student with Ahmadu Bello University, a curator for, E-Street an online television network changing the narratives on leadership by conducting interviews with stakeholders and actors in the political terrain. Grace is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung fellowship.
Grace is passionate about building sustainable communities through the development and implementation of projects that are geared towards capacity building and empowerment of women and girls.

Oluwafunke Adeoye

Hope Behind Bars Africa
Joined April 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
I am a Legal Practitioner and Social Justice Advocate with particular interest in Human Rights, Criminal Justice, Legal Empowerment, Inclusion, Social Innovation and the intersection of all these with technology. Currently, I am working primarily on SDG 16 and 5 and secondarily on SDG 3, 4, 9 & 17.

In 2019, I was selected through a very competitive process to join other 14 other African lawyers at the Makwanyane Fellowship of Cornell University Center on Death Penalty Worldwide. This selection was based on my work as the Executive Director and Senior Counsel at Hope behind Bars Africa, an organization which leverages technology to provide access to justice to indigent and marginalized inmates whilst empowering them for re-intergration back to the society to avoid recidivism.

In less than 2 years, my organisation has provided access to justice to 38 indigent awaiting trial inmates. Over 100 inmates has benefitted from its legal awareness sessions and it is currently building “Made in Corrections”, Nigeria’s first social enterprise based behind bars.

I am a passionate volunteer and in 2019 I volunteered as a contributory experts for the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2020. Since 2018, I have been volunteering as a probono lawyer for the US Sponsored Reform Kuje Project in Nigeria where amongst other duties, I get to mentor law clinic students. I further volunteer as a mentor and Youth teacher at a faith based organization which had over 200 youth members.

I am a member of FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers), 2019 winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge, winner of YALI Network Award for Civic Leadership and Engagement 2019, and a finalist of “The Future Africa Award for Advocacy 2019”. I am also a 100 Leading Ladies Africa honoree 2020.

In 2019, I was selected as a Leap Africa Social Innovation Fellow and just recently I have been selected for the 2020/2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders. In April 2020, I got featured on Obelisk Support's Global list of Lawyers changing the world for the better.

My work and opinions has been featured on BBC Media, Africa Legal, Bella Naija, Ynaija, Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.
I am looking to enlarge the frontiers of our work in legal empowerment as well as share lessons from what we do with this network.

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