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 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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

Man Who Allegedly Beat His Wife To Death Arrested In Lagos

The Lagos Police Command has arrested Mr Lekan Shonde for allegedly killing his wife in the Egbeda area of the state. Mr. Lekan, a depot worker in the Apapa area of Lagos State, said his wife of eight years changed after she allegedly started dating the general manager of a publishing company. The Punch had […]

Students Demand Justice For Battered Female By Soldiers Over Non Payment Of Fees

The National Association of Ogun State Students has called for a thorough investigation into the incident that led to the assault of their female colleague, Ms. Folashade Leshi. Leshi, a student of the Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, was reportedly battered by two soldiers attached to the polytechnic on April 18. The Punch […]


Gender and Equal Opportunity (GEO) Bill is a direct response to the concerns on the delays in the domestication of gender focused international treaties/conventions particularly CEDAW and the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. It incorporates certain aspects of CEDAW, the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women and the […]

Nigerian Government & Violence Against Women – What Happens When The Perpetrator Is A Policeman – And The State Fails To Ensure Justice?

Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre (WARDC); & the Institute for Human Rights & Development in Africa (IHRDA) have sued the Nigerian government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on behalf of a Mary Sunday 30 years, who was a victim of domestic assault by a Police Corporal.


I am a young woman, a graduate of a highly reputable Nigerian University, legally married to my very educated husband‎ since 2003, our union produced 3 children. While living together as husband and wife, our relationship was fraught with several emotional, physical and psychological abuses but I stayed on due to family and societal pressure that a wife should endure whatever abuses to ensure that she stays in her matrimonial home.

WARDC and FIDA at the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human Rights of Nigerian Women and Girl

The Joint Statement by International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria and the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) on Human Rights Situation of Women and Girls in Nigeria Presented at the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights- April 24th 2015  in Banjul, The Gambia Good morning Honourable […]

Lagos Urges Residents To Report Violence Against Women

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, has urged victims of sexual and gender-based violence to report acts of violence, saying the report will be treated with confidentiality. It added that it had concluded training for 190 officials of the state Emergency Command and Control Centre on how to receive reports of sexual […]

Women Sent to Early Grave By Her Cruel Husband – Domestic Violence

For how long would innocent women continue to suffer from callous husbands, for how long would cruel husbands continue to send innocent women to early graves? Are we going to watch men who have no regard for womanhood to torture, disrespect and murder women? Women! it is time we fight for our right, let us stop giving silly excuses […]