Women as a group in Nigeria, suffer a series of deprivation, discrimination and

degrading practices in their private and public life. They are victims and survivors

of different forms and expressions of injustices and are grossly underrepresented

in decision making structures. Their capacity to access and own primary resources

is limited by unequal opportunities in education, employment and violence leading

to poor self-esteem.


Access to justice for women to redress violations of their fundamental rights is

hampered by poverty, ignorance, cultural/faith based inhibitions, cost and fear of

bias or corruption in the administration of justice. Many women continue to suffer

in silence.


In 1999, and based on her professional background, the wife of the then head of

state, Hon. Justice Fati L. Abubakar established the Women’s Rights Advancement

and Protection Alternative, (WRAPA). The organisation seeks to advance and

protect the rights of women as provided by national laws and policies, regional and

international treaties and agreement through an integrated approach that

entrenches respect for the human dignity of the woman as well as her inclusion in

decisions that affect her life and the development of her community.


Women’s rights advancement and protection alternative (WRAPA) Nigeria, is a

registered national non-governmental organisation (NGO), non-political and non-

profit making charitable organisation for advocacy and mobilization for the

promotion, protection and realisation of women’s human rights, the elimination of

all forms of repugnant practices as well as violence against women and the

enhancements of their living standards. The acronym of WRAPA denotes the one

or two-piece cloth worn by Nigerian women irrespective of age, tribe or religion

thereby underscoring the national coverage of the organisation.