Legal Aid

In a society plagued by dehumanizing poverty, most poor women do not have the required resources to seek legal redress whenever they are oppressed, violated and abused. LAPO is a strong defender of women who are abused, violated and unable to afford legal representation and a beacon of hope for vulnerable women and children. Since 2007, the organization has been rendering free Counselling, Meditation and Litigation services to provide succour for these women in partnership with the Nigerian Police, Customary Courts, Policy and Law Reform Centre, Government Welfare Departments and Local Government Councils.

A good number of women have been sensitized on issues in domestic violence, abandonment, widowhood rites, disinheritance on the basis of gender, rape /sexual harassment, discrimination, child abuse and human trafficking. Many have received legal aid services and counseling. Common cases of gender-based violence and injustice against women are around rape, wife battery, widowhood rites, inheritance and associated traditional custom and practices.

Women who have benefitted from the LAPO Legal Aid programme are excited to share their experiences on how the organization defended and restored their rights, self-esteem and dignity. The very first beneficiary, Florence Anthony who was subjected to inhuman treatment, battery and assault by her husband remains eternally grateful to LAPO for its intervention and business financial support.