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.
This is our journey
About Women Aid Collective (WACOL):
Women Aid Collective (WACOL) established in November 1997 is an independent, non-political, non-governmental and non-profit organization. WACOL is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission as a charitable Organization (RC388132) – 25th August 2000. WACOL has an Observer status with the Africa Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
WACOL exists to promote human rights of women and young people, increase legal protection and fight for better choices for abused women and children, facilitate flow of information and experience between organizations and develop appropriate IEC that will be used in advocacy for human rights of women, young people and the populace.
We assist in the educational, 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 conflict resolution, and information and library services.
WACOL offices are located in eight States (Abuja, Enugu, Katsina, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Anambra, Ebonyi and Abia States) across Nigeria including FCT and we have institutional capacity for sustainable work in the field of advancing human rights and gender equality.
Our legal clinics across the country provide free legal aid and support services to over 2,000 women and girls every year and we have well trained and qualified staff numbering over forty to handle projects on Gender, Human Rights, Reproductive health, Peace and Conflict Resolution as it affects women and young people.
Goal/Mandate: WACOL’s vision is a democratic society free from violence and abuse, where human rights of women and young people are recognized in law and practice.
Mission: To assist in the educational, social, economic and political development of women and young people through a wide range of services: training, research, advocacy, shelter, legal and financial aid, intra familial conflict resolution, information and library services.
WACOL PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
Two international organizations, a South African based developmental organization with support from SIDA/ Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights and Action aid Nigeria in 2002 and 2003 respectively carried out an organizational assessment of WACOL. Also SNR/DFID carried out the same assessment. Their findings were that Women Aid Collective is a credible NGO whose institutional capacity in terms of human and managerial capacity is exemplary. Under the PADEF process of assessment, Action aid Nigeria certified WACOL as an organization with clear vision and mission, and emphasized that our growth rate is phenomenal considering the number of years WACOL has been in existence.