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 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.