Hurray! WRAPA Turns 20!
The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), founded by Hon. Justice Fati L. Abubakar, Nigeria’s former first lady, in the year 1999 and led by the undaunted Secretary General, Hajiya Saudatu Mahdi (MFR), has been a leading voice in the advocacy and campaign for the elimination of all forms of repugnant practices against women and at the fore-front of the advancement of women’s rights in Nigeria.
WRAPA, in its mission of advancing and protecting the rights of women, has over the years provided legal aid and counseling services to thousands of Nigerian women (survivors) through any or all of its legal redress, psychosocial support and humanitarian aid programmes.
Also, in its struggle to level the field across all spheres of life for both genders and ensure the protection of the woman’s dignity, WRAPA has advocated for legal reforms that; ensure the elimination of obnoxious laws and repugnant practices which regard the female gender as an inferior gender, and ensure that laws are put in place to advance women’s rights and hold perpetrators of violence and abuses against women accountable.
Through its involvement in several projects, WRAPA with the generous support of its donors, has brought about sensitization of communities and institutional structure in educating and influencing changes in girls and women while advocating for the increase in the number of women participating in governance and demanding accountability.
The organization has also consolidated functional institutional mechanism for women’s right advocacy and support through the Gender Technical Unit in the National Assembly, pushing for reforms such as the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law and the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEO Bill).
WRAPA has tirelessly intervened and touched the lives of women across Nigeria, as it believes every human must enjoy and live with dignity, and be free from all forms of discrimination.
It’s been 20 years of tirelessly working to gain multiple levels of shifts in the lives of Nigerian women. We’re exceptionally grateful to all stakeholders, state & non state actors, philanthropists & donors, who have contributed to the success of the work WRAPA does.