About WARO

“West Africa counts 302.9 million people, about one third of Africa’s population. Of this total, more than 50% is female

UN Women’s sub-Regional Office in West Africa (UN Women WARO ) is based in Dakar, Senegal and covers the 15 ECOWAS countries -Benin, Burkina Faso, CapeVerde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo- . UN Women has country presence in 10 countries and remote programming in 2. WestAfrica counts 302.9 million people, about one third of Africa’s population, of this total, more than 50% isfemale, and more than 50% is Nigerian. All countries in West Africa except Cape Verde have an HDI below 0.5 and eleven are listed as Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Women’s leadership and participation estimated by political representation in parliament averages at 11.6%. Women are excluded from issues and decisions that affect their lives, mainly due to high poverty levels, illiteracy and patriarchy. Economic growth rates, since 2000, have averaged 4.5 percent per year, way below the 7% required to meet the MDGs target. Women have limited access to productive assets and market opportunities. The ECOWAS treaty allowing for free circulation of people, goods and services opens up enormous opportunities for rural women entrepreneurs and crossborder traders. The religious and cultural context exhibits tension between customary law and formal legislation. In that context cases of VAWG are widespread with little to no access to justice. This situation gets worse in conflict torn or fragile states, where women are excluded from efforts to restore peace and security. The agenda of transforming women’s lives is challenged by recurring data gaps: only 2/3 of West African countries for example have sufficient data to be included in the Gender Equality Index of the Human Development Report. Furthermore, gender equitable allocation of resources in planning and budgeting is hard to track. In West Africa, so far, intergovernmental processes and international conventions have a very modest positive impact on the life of ordinary women.

The West Africa Sub-Regional Office (WARO) is one of UN Women’s 15 sub-regional offices worldwide, 4  of which cover the North, East, South, and Central regions of the African continent:UN Women CARO (Central Africa Sub-Regional Office) ; UN Women EHARO (East and Horn of Africa Sub-Regional Office) Website: http://unwomeneharo.blog.com/; UN Women SARO (Southern Africa Sub-Regional Office)  Website: http://www.unifem-saro.org/

Headquartered in New York City, UN Women also works in 18 country program offices, 39 project offices, and 4 liaison offices around the world, including a liaison office to the African Union. For more information on UN Women’s presence around the world, please visit: www.unwomen.org


UN Women West Africa sub Regional Country Offices:

Country Presence

Côte d’Ivoire
Fatima Maiga
Country Manager


Elizabeth Lwanga, OIC
Country Representative



Rachelle Djangone Mian
Country Manager

Sierra Leone
Melrose Kargbo, OIC
Country Manager


Marie-Pierre Raky Chaupin
Country Programme Coordinator


Dr Grace Ongile
Country Representative:

Country Programme Presence

Soetkins Merteens
Country Programme Coordinator


Vanilde Furtado, OIC
Country Programme Coordinator
 Cape Verde
Clara Barros
National Programme Coordinator


Alou Fati A. Sawani
National Programme Coordinator


Afua Ansre Bubaa
National Programme Coordinator

Contact Information:

For more information, visit each country’s page or contact WARO at news.waro@unwomen.org

Phone: 00 221 33 869 9970

Ext 239 or 221 33 869 9978


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  • In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, thereby taking an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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  • UN Women West Africa is present in Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

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