WORDOC was founded in 1987 under the inspiration of Prof Bolanle Awe, former IAS Director. It is the hub of women’s studies and gender studies in Nigeria, and is at the centre of a network of agencies, scholars, researchers, and activists engaged in the study of the historical and social experiences of women in Nigeria and Africa at large. These engagements have been fruitful in the production of data and publications, seminars and symposiums, policies and protocols on women and gender issues at the national and continental levels. The WORDOC Library is one of the pioneer resource centres of its kind specializing in archiving and disseminating information on women issues on the continent, and WORDOC is linked in collaborative work with other women’s centres and international agencies beyond Africa, including the West Indies, North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It is the engine of our postgraduate programme in Gender Studies.