Read Guidelines for Safe Termination of Pregnancy within the ambit of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.


ABOUT THE ORGANISATIONS Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) is a human right, feministorganisation with a mission to ensure gender justice for women and girls in Nigeria. Our workis framed by our commitments to promote the rights of women and girls from any forms ofdiscrimination and violence; sexual and reproductive rights, right to health […]


The Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre, WARDC, in collaboration with the European Union, EU, and the United Nations Spotlight Initiative, recently held a one-day training for CSOs and marginalised groups on coordination mechanisms and social accountability in Lagos. Speaking at the event, Founding Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center, WARDC, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi,


WARDC organised Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Strengthening Systems on Zero Tolerance to SGBV wIth Unions, Teaching and Non-teaching Staff of Modibbo Adama University Yola

Gender Equality,
Peace and Security
in a COVID-19 World

Gender Equality,Peace and Securityin a COVID-19 World

WARDC tackles gender violence, rape in Lagos communities

The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) says it has commenced the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative Project in Lagos State to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The EU-UN initiative was necessitated by the rising cases of rape and gender-based violence in communities in the state. To this end, the […]

About 2m females raped every year — Akiyode -Afolabi

Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, the Executive Director, Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre, WARDC, speaks on the rise in rape cases. Rape has of late been on the rise. Do we have adequate deterrent for potential rapists? As we all know, rape is an unjustifiable act that is condemned in our society. The severity of the […]

If dressing is reason for rape, children shouldn’t be victims — Executive Director, women advocacy centre, Akiyode-Afolabi

If dressing is reason for rape, children shouldn’t be victims — Executive Director, women advocacy centre, Akiyode-Afolabi Published July 21, 2020 Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, in this interview with CHIMA AZUBUIKE, explains how government and parents can fight rising cases of rape What is actually responsible for the rising […]

COVID-19: For Victims of Abuse, Social Distancing Makes Things Worse

Gender-Based Violence Abiola Akiode-Afolabi, who is the executive director of WARDC, said although there was high prevalence of gender-based violence before the COVID-19, the pandemic and its attendant lockdown aggravated it. “Tension has built up, there is a lot of uncertainty, there are fears around and people are not sure whether they’re going to get their […]

COVID-19 palliative, a question mark on FG’s anti-graft war — WARDC

Sequel to findings from a national survey on the Federal Government’s COVID-19 palliative, the Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre, WARDC, has expressed disappointment over President Muhammamadu Buhari’s anti-graft war. According to Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, WARDC, corruption characterises the palliative distribution, as revealed by the national survey entitled ‘Women and Corruption in Government […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]