WARDC empowers women on public speaking, communication to curb GBV

With the alarming rate of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country and the need to further sensitise more people especially in the grassroots, Women’s Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) have trained 40 women to serve this purpose. The two day session which bothered on communication and public speaking skills to better engage religious and […]

WARDC seeks to engage boys, men to end sexual, gender-based violence

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), has called for partnership between government, institutions, Civil Society Organisations and the community to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. WARDC made this call yesterday during a Capacity-building and consultative meeting with Grassroots women associations and leaders to better engage men and boys on Violence […]

IWD: WARDC seeks end to violence against women, girls in lagos

In a bid to ensure gender justice in Nigeria as it relates to women and girls, the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) has called for an end to all forms of gender-based violence and harmful practices, that has become the order of the day in recent times. Executive Director, WARDC, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi […]

Women groups demand protection of rights, elimination of gender-based violence

Research has shown that one out of every three women has experienced some form of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) or the other, which implies that one-third of the female population, has experienced a form of Gender-Based Violence which has become a global pandemic that is assuming alarming proportion. To this end, the United Nation (UN) Women […]

Women group writes open letter to Ogun governor, demand 35 per cent inclusion in cabinet

To embark on peaceful protest, if demands are not metA group of concerned citizens representing diverse non-governmental organisations and working towards the advancement of women in Ogun State and Nigeria have given the Executive Governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun an ultimatum to include 35 per cent women in the commissioner nominees transmitted to the […]

Rape Survivors’ Guide to the Criminal Justice System in NIGERIA.

DISCLAIMER This document is not intended to create, and may not be relied upon to create, any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any matter civil or criminal. The opinions, factual and other findings, conclusions, or recommendations in this publication represent the points of view of CSI Nairobi and DNA […]

Women demand 35% cabinet seats, write Abiodun

A coalition of 150 women organizations under the aegis of More Women Campaign has called on the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to ensure 35 percent representation of women in his cabinet. The organization, an initiative of the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center, said it would lead a solidarity walk to the office […]

Sexual Abuse In Tertiary Institutions, IDPs Camps Disturbing – Prof Donli

Gender activist, Prof Patricia Donli has described as disturbing the prevalence of gender-based violence such as sexual abuse and rape in most tertiary institutions as well as the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps. Prof Donli disclosed this at one-day training support for lecturers and administrators on Leadership and Protection of Female Students Against Gender-Based Violence(GBV) […]

Reduction in Nigeria’s maternal mortality not enough – WARDC

The Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Afolabi, has said the reduction at 547 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Nigeria still remains unacceptably high. Speaking in Abuja at a roundtable discussion on accountability for maternal health in Nigeria organized by WARDC in partnership with the National Human Rights […]


WARDC with the support of ActionAid and UKaid organized Capacity Building Workshop for Women Associations On Anti Corruption, Group Management and Effectiveness in Resisting Corrupt Practices in Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja Lagos. The workshop which had representatives from different women association around Lagos dwelt more the importance of women getting involved in the fight against the preveilance […]

From labour room to ‘detention centre’: Tales of new mums held by hospitals over unpaid bills

Toluwani Eniola writes about new mothers detained by hospital authorities for their inability to settle bills Sweeping the floor of the female ward at the Imo Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, Owerri, the Imo State capital, Mrs. Chinyere Nlemuwa cut the picture of a cleaner in the hospital. But she is not. Nlemuwa gave birth to a baby […]

Boko Haram attack: 48 schoolgirls found, 46 still missing, says Yobe govt

Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Samson Folarin, Okechukwu Nnodim, Kayode Idowu and Justin Tyopuusu Forty-eight of the missing 94 pupils of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, have come out of hiding. The Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, who stated this in Damaturu, added that the state government had organised search parties […]

LAW DIGEST Recession: Tinubu seeks input from stakeholders on legislative action

Friday Olokor, Abuja The Nigerian Senate has called for support and input from stakeholders ‎on possible legislative actions to better the lives of Nigerians out of the economic recession. ‎The Senator representing Lagos Central and chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Oluremi Tinubu, made the demand on Thursday evening in Abuja, during a policy dialogue with […]

Gender Equal Opportunity Bill 2016

Sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujinmi (PDP, Ekiti) in the Senate, this bill seeks to incorporate and enforce certain provisions of the United Nations CEDAW and other global/continental instruments on the rights of women in Africa.   Download full bill below. Gender-Equal-Opportunities-Bill-2016

Government Charged To Be More Accountable On Reduction Of Maternal Mortality

Worried by the reoccurring cases of maternal infant mortality, the government has been called upon to find a lasting solution to the scourge. This call was came at a media briefing organised by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) and Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) with the support of MacArthur Foundation on ‘Assessing the […]

Home Front Detention of new mums over medical bills rampant – Report

A new report presented by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) have flayed widespread detention of women who cannot pay medical bills upon delivery. The report also indicated that the Federal Government has not done much to reduce the high maternal mortality rate from 2008 to date. […]


WARDC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 06, 2017 Women are more educated than men, but gender inequality persists, says new study Women in developed countries have surpassed men in level of education. Other gender equality measures, however, including equal pay and women in leadership roles, still lag. Read more Women farmers, youths seek access to credit, land […]


WARDC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 WARDC urges NBA to develop interest in women’s rights Worried by high rates of maternal mortality in some parts of Nigeria, Women Advocates and Research Documentation Centre (WARDC) has urged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and its members to develop an interest in women’s human rights and maternal health […]


WARDC WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 The Results Are In: Women Are Great For Business, But Still Getting Pushed Out In the past several years, research has shown that the increase of women in leadership is helping businesses to thrive in unprecedented ways. The data also suggest that, in many areas, employers and their industries […]