WHARC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1993. It consists of a multi-disciplinary team of health, social science and legal professionals and researchers working together to build the knowledge base and to improve the policy environment for advancing women’s health in Africa. To date, the Centre has conducted formative and intervention research that documents the socio-cultural determinants of women’s health and that provides critical data for developing policies and programs for scaling up best practices relating to women’s health in the region. In particular, our niche is to use the results of research to build public health awareness and to advocate for policy changes about critical sexual and reproductive health issues in Nigeria. WHARC also publishes the African Journal of Reproductive Health (AJRH) (www.ajrh.info), now widely recognized as the leading journal that promotes sexual and reproductive health and the principles of sexual rights, equity and social justice in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) seeks to create a world where all people are treated with equal respect and dignity and where women and young adolescents have equality and access to basic reproductive health information and services.
Grounded in a deep love of humanity and a belief in equality and dignity for all people, WHARC works to improve the reproductive health and social wellbeing of women and adolescents in Africa so they can lead productive, fulfilling lives and provide a healthy future for their children. Through its cutting edge research, WHARC educates women, youth, community gatekeepers and policymakers about sexual and reproductive health, and advocates for policy change at the local, state and federal level. WHARC also provides current and effective reproductive health services to women and adolescent girls in Africa.
Board of Trustees
Lady Winifred Onyeonwu is an educationist and publisher. A former Director of Library Services in the then Bendel State, she has a lot of experience in Bookshop management. She retired as a Permanent Secretary in the then Bendel State Civil service and later served as Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in Edo State and has since devoted her time to building public libraries and monuments.
Mrs Marcelina Aisubeogun is a retired Nurse/Midwife. She has been an active member of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), the main organization for Nigerian women, for several years.
Mrs Amina Sambo is past national President of the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS). She presently resides in Kano, northern Nigeria where she runs an NGO, the Women’s Health Organization of Nigeria (WHON), which organizes women for community self-effort and social emancipation.
Engr. Ibude Guobadia
Engr. Ibude Guobadia is a Management and Engineering Consultant. He had previously worked with Citi Bank. He has vast experience in Engineering and Business consultancy. Engr. Guobadia is currently a Consultant Engineer with MANENG SERVICES LTD in Lagos.
Professor Friday Okonofua is the Founder of the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre. He is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Benin. He is currently the Vice Chancellor of the new Ondo State University of Medical Sciences.
Professor Cyril Mokwenye is a Professor of Foreign Languages (French) with the University of Benin. He is the Executive Director of the Centre. He was formerly the Head of Department of Foreign Languages, University of Benin and has also served as the dean of the Faculty of Arts of the same University.