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WACOL was established in 1997 as an independent, non-political, non-governmental, and non-profit organisation; registered in 2000 as a company limited by guarantee i.e., as a charitable organisation (RC: 388132) with the Corporate Affairs of Commission (CAC), Nigeria.

WACOL’s vision is a democratic society free from violence and abuse, where human rights of all in particular women and young people are recognized in law and practice.  Its mission is to assist in the education, social, economic, and political development of women and young people through a wide range of services: training, research, advocacy, shelter, free legal and financial aid, intra-familial/community conflict resolution, and information and library services.

The organisation works throughout Nigeria and in the West African sub-region and beyond. WACOL has established itself as a credible and committed organisation whose work is well recognized beyond the shores of Nigeria.

It has since 2001 an observer status with the African Union, African commission on human rights, and is also an NGO Special Consultative Status with the United Nations approved in 2010 by ECOSOC.

WACOL is a formidable organisation that can now boast of institutional capacity for sustainable work in the field of advancing human rights, gender equality, democracy, and good governance.

WACOL program and projects are wide and varying and include   Research; Advocacy for law reform to benefit the disadvantaged, including women, children, and persons with disabilities;

Capacity building on legislative advocacy for CSOs; Promoting women’s rights and access to justice under Sharia and Customary law; Legal education and awareness, including the training of paralegals; Provision of free legal aid and assistance to women and children whose human rights have been abused; Running of shelter for battered women;


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Wacol Glade, Riverstone, Sydney, Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, 2765, Australia


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