Women’s Board – Educational Cooperation Society is a Nigerian not-for-profit, non-governmental organization working since 1972 for the development of women of any background, ethnic group or religion.
The organization was formally registered in 1974 with the Nigerian Companies Decree under the name of Educational Cooperation Society, the Women’s Board being an autonomous division committed to the promotion of women under a Governing Board created for the purpose. It is registered in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos.
The Women’s Board is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. It is a member of CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the UN).
The mission statement is “to foster the development of the individual Nigerian woman, empowering her with education and high standards of work and inculcating in her a commitment of service to the community so as to make her a citizen better equipped to participate in the social progress of the country”.
The main objectives related to the mission are to build up leadership qualities; to emphasize integrity of life; to provide work skills; to foster a responsible attitude to work; to introduce basic organizational practices; to be committed to civic duties; to create environment awareness.
The organization pursues its objectives through educational activities carried out by Projects set-up with a long term vision in different parts of the country. These are Wavecrest College of Catering and Hospitality, Wavecrest Study Centre and Afara Leadership Centre at Lagos; Iroto Rural Centre and Abidagba Health Centre at Iloti (Ogun State); Imoran Centre for Professional and Social Development and Orisun Training Centre at Ibadan; Lantana College of Hospitality and Uzommiri Study Centre at Enugu and Tiebe Cultural Centre at Benin. The Central Office located in Lagos runs a Management Training Unit addressed to NGOs and women with small businesses.
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