WorldStage Newsonline-- The Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Nigeria has received the sum of $750,000 from the just concluded 2014 MacArthur Award for projects that is expected to raise the standard of living of Nigerian women and girls.
The Secretary General of WRAPA, Saudatu Madhi, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the money will be used to enhance capacity and guarantee the expansion and availability of its services to millions of Nigerian women, girls and families.
She reaffirmed WRAPA's commitment to serve Nigerian women and girls better and also expand the preservation of the human dignity women irrespective of socio-economic leanings.
Madhi explained that the award, which was announced on February 20th, recognises exceptional non-profit organisations who have demonstrated creativity and impact , and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grant.
She further assured that "WRAPA, currently in the process of reorganizing its operations to reach even more women, will use its award funding to complete development of a resource centre that will house a hostel and transit shelter for abused women and girls, as well as an office,library and auditorium.
"Wining the MacArthur award is an affirmation of its impact from inception in 1999 to date show casing exceptional effectiveness and impact in the organization's work in all parts of Nigeria.
"Recipients will use their awards to create endowments or innovation funds, increase their capacity , and upgrade technology and physical infrastructure.
"MacArthur has a long history of nurturing emerging organisations and institutions to upscale impact on their clientele, and upgrade effectiveness in delivery of their services."
She further said that WRAPA had assumed a leadership role in women's right advocacy on some of the most controversial issues affecting the lives of Nigerian women, including consent to marriage and a woman's right to custody after divorce.
Madhi stated that the organisation's membership of more than 15,000 men and women forms a powerful network of actors accross the country that can be leveraged to support its work and efforts within government ,communities and other circles of influence.
"WRAPA's success is largely due to its large and growing base of supporters, as well as its deep knowlegde of and involvement in the Nigerian legal systems, enabling it to confront discriminatory cultural practices and processes that have become embedded in Nigerian law," She said.