The broad mandate of the Ministry is to advise government on gender and children issues. Issues affecting Persons with Disabilities and the Aged; initiate policy guidelines and lead the process of gender equality and mainstreaming at both the national and international levels.


The basic functions of the ministry of women affairs and social development are as follows:

  • Promoting the general welfare of women and enhancing their ability to realize their full potentials in various fields of human endeavours;
  • Providing an enabling environment that will ensure the maximum and holistic development of the potential of the Nigerian Child towards national development and nation building;
  • Promoting a multi-sectoral programme synergy for the realization and enhancement of the survival, development, protection and participation rights of children in Nigeria with particular reference to the achievement of set targets enumerated in the Child’s Right Act 20034 (CRA) the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy NEEDS (2004) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).
  • Embarking on awareness creation and formulation of policies and legislation of survival, development, Protection and Participation, rights of Women and Children in Nigeria;
  • Promoting responsible motherhood and maternal health as well as protecting the rights of women;
  • Taking steps that support the elimination of all social culture practices that discriminates against or are detrimental to the overall development of women an girls;
  • Ensuring the integration of women in national processes and promoting the mainstreaming of gender on all issues of national importance;
  • Supporting the work of relevant non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working for the realization of Women and Children’s right;
  • Advocating for the passages and enforcement of laws that protect and project the interest of the ministry’s target groups protect and Project the interest of the Ministry’s target groups particularly the Child’s Right Act 2003.
  • Establishing and maintaining guidance and counselling referral and remedial services;
  • Mobilizing and administering of subventions and grants to National Government Organisations;
  • Registration of women and non-governmental organisations;
  • Providing Technical Assistance to Women Focused Non-Governmental organizations;
  • Monitoring and evaluating of projects;
  • Implementation of Regional, internal instrument on Women Advancement example Beijing platform for action, CEDAW, AU, Protocol; on the Rights of Women, etc;
  • Coordination of Programmes and projects on human rights of women, armed conflict and violence against women;
  • Management of shelter (Temporary Shelter for Female victims of Violence);
  • Capacity building for all women groups;
  • Mobilizing Non-Governmental Partners to achieve the objectives of National and International treaties on women.