About WAWA

Objectives Strategies Decision Making Bodies

The West African Women Association(WAWA) is non-governmental organisation (NGO) with its presence in the fifteen West African Members Countries of ECOWAS comprising of both the Anglophone and Francophone Countries and its heaquarters in Dakar, Senegal

Pursuant to the decision A/DEC/7/83 by the Summit of the ECOWAS Heads of States and Government held in May 1983, the West African Women Association [WAWA] was tasked with mobilizing women in the sub-region to support the social and advocacy aspects as well as in the involvement of peoples in the ECOWAS area in the process of African integration.

The National chapters in each country comprises several organizations and Community based organisation within the subregion as well as individual members, including the young generations whose useful expertise for the association is acknowledged. The association is governed by statutes and rules of procedure. WAWA Senegal, as the leading chapter, was recognized by the Senegalese government in August 1992, pursuant to the recommendation by the previous General assembly held in Abidjan in September 1998, which suggested decentralizing to the provinces. WAWA Senegal has been present in all the regions since July 2003.

This important measure which we hailed enabled the chapters to switch from governmental status to that of civil society. This new status enabled us to sit in WACSOF/FOSCAO, which is the crucible of multisectoral civil society organizations in the ECOWAS area. As such AFAO/WAWA takes part in the ECOWAS preliminary meetings.

PROGRAMME EVOLUTION: The incorporation of AFAO/WAWA into the sub-region’s civil society was decided on 31 July 2005 in Dakar at the meeting of the 16 national local points, whose sovereignty agreed on the move. Therefore, each WAWA national chapter should continue its activities and mobilization under the supervision of the Dakar-based Regional Office.


As a first step in the development of WAWA, few working assumptions were adopted: They are:

  • The women are mostly deprived in the society.
  • The women are not open to the happening in their environment.
  • An improvement in the socio-economic situation of the women would take place if they are enlightened about the happening in their society.
  • Poor women and children are neglected in the society.
  • Poverty is more reinforce by problems. Such as large family size, malnutrition, unemployment, ignorance, dirty environment diseases.