Grantee Profile

Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative

Grants to Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Human Rights

    ABUJA, NIGERIA — Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 that works to increase access to justice for women across all three legal systems in Nigeria: common, customary and Shari’a law. It provides legal aid and counseling, adult literacy classes, civic education programs, and skills training for women’s economic empowerment. WRAPA seeks support to consolidate its intervention for strengthening human rights protections within Islamic Family Law (IFL) in seven northwestern Nigerian states that builds on a strand of research and practice that began with MacArthur funding in 2006. In this phase, WRAPA seeks to support the creation of institutional frameworks for deepening the impact and sustainability of changes in the practice and administration of IFL. The award will (a) support advocacy for the adoption and scaling up of a model Khutbah (sermon) tool to improve access to justice and protection for women in IFL; (b) promote the use of the institution of Hakamain (arbitration) to reduce the challenges facing women seeking redress for rights violations; (c) provide technical support for reforms in the practice and administration of IFL; (d) build the capacity and knowledge of Muslim scholars on IFL; and (e) engage in strategic litigation to enforce the rights of women.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year, 6 months)

    Human Rights

    ABUJA, NIGERIA — Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1999. It works to increase access to justice for women across all three legal systems in Nigeria: common law, traditional law, and Shariah law. The purpose of this grant is to mobilize citizens to call for accountability from the Nigerian government and responsible agencies and officials to rescue and return nearly 300 young girls who were kidnapped from a school by Boko Haram insurgents and to include a citizens’ perspective in the battle against insurgents. The recommended grant will support the coordination with government agencies; development of coordinated citizen responses to the insurgency; production of campaign and mobilization materials; travel and meetings.

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    ABUJA, NIGERIA — Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1999. It is a membership organization of men and women, with over 15,000 registered members. It works to increase access to justice for women across all three legal systems in Nigeria - common, traditional, and Shariah law. This grant will support the construction of a Resource Centre and the purchase of equipment and furniture. The Resource Centre will provide research and library facilities, office spaces, temporary shelter for abused girls and women, a conference hall, and an auditorium.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    ABUJA, NIGERIA — In support of a project on Islamic Family Law (over three years).

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    ABUJA, NIGERIA — In support of Islamic Family Law and Practices in Northwestern Nigeria (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative $1,675,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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