The organisation was founded by Adebanke Akinrimisi and Atinuke Odukoya.
Adebanke is a Lawyer by training with more than twenty three years experience in the field of development. Prior to the formation of CEWHIN, she worked as a Health Project Officer at the Empowerment and Action Research Centre, Lagos, Nigeria. She was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fund for Leadership Development in the year 2000 and she executed a research project on socio-cultural, economic and legal dimensions to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of female adolescent domestic workers in municipal Lagos.
Atinuke on the other hand, studied Education at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University) for her first degree and Public Administration at the Masters degree level at the University of Lagos. She has over twenty three years experience working on women’s development and human right issues. Just before the formation of CEWHIN, she was a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the United States Aid Agency, Office of Transition Initiatives in Nigeria. Her previous work include being the Project Officer of the women’s desk for the Legal Research and Resource Development Centre, Lagos and a programs staff for the International Organization for Migration ( IOM ), Lagos.