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“To create legal awareness on fundamental rights among Nigerian Women”



“We envision a Nigerian society that is predicated on the principles of equity, sustainability, holism, participation and democracy”



League of Democratic Women was created in 1996 to fill in gaps in the promotion and protection of women, girls and vulnerable/marginalized persons in Northern Nigeria. It was first registered as a business name under the name LEADS NIGERIA before the registration of its trustees under the name Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women. The organization is thereby known severally as LEADS NIGERIA, League of Democratic Women or Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women.   


Aims and objectives of the organization include:

  1. To create legal awareness among Northern Nigerian women of their fundamental rights and mechanisms to enforce these rights;
  2. To identify and help in strengthening laws and institutions that protects women’s and children’s rights including advocacy for taking affirmative action in their favour.
  3. To encourage female education in Northern Nigeria;
  4. To lobby for the promulgation of laws or policies that encourage equality or for the abrogation of customary laws and practices that discriminate against women;
  5. To organize seminars, workshops and conferences on women and children’s rights, issues affecting development and democracy ; and
  6. To conduct research and publish reports on human rights, democracy and development.


The ideals being promoted are

  1. The respect for the fundamental rights of every individual with special reference to women and children;
  2. The entrenchment of a democratic society;
  3. Promoting a conducive atmosphere for the national development;
  4. Promoting gender awareness among the people to promote gender equality and equity


Thematic areas of work revolve around -

  1. Legal empowerment on norms, policies, laws, treaties and processes for engagement.
  2. Legislative advocacy at both state and National level.
  3. Free Legal counseling,  referral and representation assistance to victims of rights violations
  4. Research and documentation on development and governance issues.