The Defence and Police Officers' Wives Association (DEPOWA) is a registered Non-governmental made up of women bound together by their marriage to Military and Police Officers in Nigeria. As a women organization, DEPOWA is an affiliate of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)Nigeria; an Association that is established to promote and champion the course of women Nigeria. DEPOWA first known as The Joint Officers' Wives Social Services was made up of all the National Presidents of existing Officers' Wives Associations of the Army, Navy, Air Force and a member nominated by each of the National President. This organization, among other responsibilities, was to assist other charity organizations across the country. The organization later became known as Joint Armed Forces and Police Officers' Wives Consultative Committee (JOFOPOWCCO). This was aimed at fostering unity among the officers' wives of the armed forces and the police. Consequently, in the pursuit of repositioning the Committee for efficiency and effective response to humanitarian services, the Joint Armed Forces and Police Officers' Wives Consultative Committee was changed to Defence and Police Officers' Wives Association (DEPOWA) on 26th August 1996.