WILPF Nigeria is a registered national and non-partisan not for profit organization created in 2008 in response to a country faced with multidimensional problems related to women’s discrimination and challenges to their participation in peace and security. WILPF Nigeria builds women’s capacity at the community, state and national level and enables them to be a part of a global network of a diverse women peace builders working towards gender equality and sustainable development. WILPF Nigeria aims at building the capacity of community and national organizations to enhance their ability to develop and use the existing international, national and state legal and political frameworks in order to achieve fundamental change in how they conceptualize and address issues of gender, militarism, peace, and security. WILPF Nigeria delivers its project from a gender and rights-based approach and strongly believes in the value chain of strategic partnership rather than reinventing the wheel.
WILPF Nigeria envisions a world free from violence and armed conflict with justice and equality for all and our mission is to achieve feminist peace for equality, justice, and demilitarized security.
Our Theory of Change is that by addressing the root causes of violence with a feminist lens and by mobilizing for nonviolent action, we can advance feminist peace for equality and justice. WILPF Nigeria target population includes women and girls rights CSOs/ women’s organizations, Women and girls living with disabilities, Individual advocates, Men and boys, Media, Security Agencies, Traditional gate keepers, Ministries( women affairs, justice, budget, health etc.)
Our main objective is to create awareness of international legal frameworks and their impact in addressing issues of gender, militarism, peace and security. Through our work, we also aim to build a society that is shaped by the understanding of the principles of democracy and good governance based on equality, sustainable peace, accountability, empowerment and participation.
Specifically, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the Women’s International Leagues for Peace Freedom, Nigeria (WILPF) Nigeria works for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls’; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. We place women’s human rights at the center of all our efforts; hence we lead and coordinate United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) efforts in Nigeria to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. We provide strong and coherent leadership in support of women’s organization’s priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout Nigeria in general.