BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights

BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights is a non-governmental women's human rights organization which focuses on women's legal rights in Nigeria. The organization evolved from the relationship between a group of activists, social scientists, lawyers, and specialists in Islamic laws. BAOBAB's mission is to promote women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious laws, customary laws and statutory laws. BAOBAB’s vision is for women’s human rights to become an integral part of everyday life.

BAOBAB programs include:

  • Women’s Leadership, Human Rights, and Empowerment Trainings – BAOBAB supports and strengthens women's and other human rights-focused organizations and individual activists through capacity building leadership trainings to promote knowledge, development, and exercise of women's rights. Adapting leadership and political education curricula developed through the Women’s Learning Partnership, BAOBAB introduces and consolidates a culture of horizontal, consensus building, participatory, gender sensitive, and consequently, a truly democratic leadership in Nigeria and other parts of the region to diverse sectors of society.
  • Women’s Political Participation Training – BAOBAB also conducts political education and leadership trainings on political participation. These trainings examine the barriers to Nigerian women’s political participation and strategies to cultivate diverse leadership across gender, religious, and cultural divides.
  • Outreach and Advocacy – BAOBAB works to raise awareness of women's human rights and other related legal issues to influence policies that promote human rights for all. BAOBAB engages in social and legislative advocacy work to safeguard the rights of women, including support and strengthening of women's and other human rights organizations and individual activists. BAOBAB’s grassroots advocacy work and campaigns are carried out in 15 diverse geo-political states of Nigeria.
  • Men and Boys Against Violence Against Women – BAOBAB has strategically involved men and boys in advocacy mobilizing and action to address gender based violence. The Men and Boys Against Violence Against Women (MABVAW) pilot project enables male participants to take part in gender awareness workshops, popular theater, ‘men-only’-led street campaigns on anti-gender based violence, and open debates. In Zamfara state, the group successfully tracks cases of violence against women and has intervened in cases of forced marriage and rape.
  • Research and Document Legal Issues As They Affect Women – BAOBAB researches and documents how secular, religious, and customary, written and unwritten laws and practices are applied to and affect women as well as the strategies used by women to bring about progressive change to cultivate sharing of best practices. BAOBAB distributes legal literacy leaflets and training manuals on human rights from a gender perspective to diverse sectors of society.
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