About Us

We're a family of professionals who care deeply about women and children in Somaliland. Learn about our mission. Download the latest annual report. Discover our story. Meet our team

Out Story

Founded in June 1997. Women Action for Advocacy and Progress (WAAPO) is a Somaliland-based non-governmental organization founded by women. WAAPO's mission is to protect and support women, youth, and children by providing practical and emotional support, protection, economic empowerment, and education, as well as campaigning for long-term change in their lives.

WAAPO is one of the most well-known local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Somaliland for its work in the areas of protection, livelihood and Youth innovation. WAAPO manages the only safe house that exists in Somaliland, which provides assistance to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and survivors of child abuse who are facing serious safety and security concerns.

WAAPO is actively involved in the fields of gender equality, advocacy and human rights, including Women, Youth, and Children rights, Gender-based violence and child protection, social economic empowerment, livelihood development and youth education, general protection, shelter services as well as the community-based protection capacity building programs through empowerment, community-based structures system and government partnership.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the British and Swedish embassies are now funding WAAPO programs. In 2022, it intends to launch a projects in collaboration with the UNFPA & Mart-Finland Association.

Coordination and Networks; WAAPO works closely with Somaliland's line ministries, such as MESAF, MoP, and NDRA and is a member of Protection Cluster, Case Management Task Force, Anti-trafficking Civil Society Organizations Network, Child Helpline International, GBVWG, CPWG, FGMTF, Livelihood Cluster, SIHA, and NAGAAD.


We believe that every family, woman, and child deserves a dignified existence that includes equitable access to safety, protection, education, and economic opportunity.


To improve the quality of life for women, children, and youth in our communities through empowerment, education, advocacy and the provision of social services.

Core Values

- Transparency - Accountability - Human rights-based approach - Innovation and creativity - And Integrity

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