Legal Awareness For Nigeria Women (LANW)

About Us

Who We Are


Legal Awareness For Nigeria Women (LANW) also known as (LEAGUE OF DEMOCRATIC WOMEN or its earlier registered name LEADS-NIGERIA)

was formed in 1996 out of the conviction that efforts to understand how processes affect women primarily, girls and other people in the community by the existing organizations were not satisfactory. Most of the issues relating to women were subsumed under general human rights discourse thus affecting the level and quality of intervention.  

LANW has over the years received support in cash or kind from individuals and organizations amongst whom are: – Norwegian Human Rights Fund, National Endowment for Democracy, (NED) USA; British Council, DFID/British Council, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Democracy and Governance Program of the United States Embassy; Transition Monitoring Group with funds from the European Union, International Human Rights Law Group now Global Rights, UNICEF C Field Office, World Bank Small Grants Program, New Tactics for Human Rights Program, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (sub grant through WIN Kaduna), Association for Reproductive Health, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), LEDAP/British Commission, LEDAP/OSIWA and European Union – Increased Non-State Actors’ Implementation Development Expertise (EU-INSIDE).

LAWN is an active member of the several networks including Citizens Forum for Legislative Reform (CFCR), Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) a founding member of both the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence against Women (LACVAW) and the National Coalition on Violence against Women, which followed through advocacy until the passage of the Violence Against Women (Prohibition Bill). In working to ensure that women’s voices are heard, LANW was involved in advocacy for adoption of the Gender and Social Inclusion Policy in Kaduna State as well as passage of the Child Welfare and Protection Act. 


The mission of the organization is to promote social justice for marginalized and vulnerable groups through the creation of legal awareness, protection of fundamental rights, and facilitation of participatory development. 


LANW envisions a Nigerian Society that is predicated on the principles of equity and participatory development.

Aims And Objectives Of The Organization Include
  1. To create legal awareness among Northern Nigerian women on their rights and how to enforce these rights;
  2. To engage the government to strengthen laws and institutions that protect the rights of women and children;
  3. To encourage female education in Northern Nigeria;
  4. To promote democratic governance and citizen participation. 
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