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Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Joined July 2016

We work to empower women to attain their rights and to improve vulnerable population’s access to justice across Tanzania

Presence in: Tanzania
Focus: Gender-based violence

Women in Tanzania are routinely denied rights granted to them by international and domestic law. These violations occur due to patriarchal laws and cultural traditions that devalue women in both the public and private sphere. The Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC) is a non-profit NGO that works to empower women to attain their rights and to improve vulnerable population’s access to justice across Tanzania.

Since 1989, WLAC has been at the forefront of the fight for the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Tanzania, accomplishing its successes through four units: legal aid, advocacy and networking, paralegal training and outreach, and publication and documentation. Although the organization focuses on inheritance rights and gender-based violence, all issues related to gender are addressed within WLAC’s work, contributing to the realization of its grand vision for a just society that respects the rights of women and children.

Mission: To promote access to justice and advocate for gender responsive policies for women and children

Vision: A just society that respects the rights of women and children

People Associated With This Organization

Abia Richard

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined September 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment
Hellow My name is Abia Richard. I graduated LLB at Mzumbe University in Morogoro TZ and now work at Women Legal Aid Centre (WLAC) as legal aid Officer. In addition to my regular duties as a lawyer at WLAC, I coordinate some programs like the Tunaweza campaign (We Can campaign).

I hope to learn from the resources on this network and exchange knowledge with other legal aid providers.

Darragh Coward

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined July 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Peace-building
Hello & thank you for visiting my profile here on the Namati network.

I'm currently an intern at the Women's Legal Aid Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - though my position has less to do with legal aid than it does with public outreach and resource mobilization.

Through this network - I'm hoping to learn more about community building and techniques for adapting to limitations re: funding.

Getrude Wilbert

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC) (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Supporting Paralegal under WLAC

Joventine Jovenary

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined September 2016
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
My name is Joventine and I graduated from Tumaini Dar es Salaam University-College with a degree in law in 2015 and am now working as a Legal project program officer at Lighthouse (EA) Legal Clinic.

I hope to use this network to meet other legal practitioners from around the world and build on my legal knowledge.

Ruth Shah-Wigley

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined June 2017
I am a trained barrister called to the bar in three jurisdictions. I also hold a LLM in International Human Rights law and I am currently working in legal aid and human rights in Tanzania. I am looking to network and have access to pertinent information and reading material in the area of human rights and legal aid in developing countries.

Theodosia Nshala

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined December 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Generalist Legal Services, Women's Rights
Theodosia Muhulo Nshala

Advocate, Theodosia Muhulo Nshala. She has over 15 years of experience in legal and human rights issues with a focus on women, human and children’s rights, Refugees, property rights, gender, and development issues. She is committed and passionate about women and children's rights in Tanzania. She served as a Chairperson to Legal Aid Secretariat (LAS) under Legal Sector Reform between Government and Legal Aid Providers in Tanzania. Currently, she is Executive Director for Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), board member to Catholic Scholarship Program Tanzania(CSPT), a board member to the Tanzania Paralegal Network (TAPANET), Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA) and Tanzania Network for Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP).
Ms. Nshala holds a Masters of Arts in Human Resource, L.L.B, and a practicing Advocate Certificate.Iam interested with the network to learn and exchange ideas on legal justiceto underpriviledged communities.

Wigayi Kissandu

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined July 2015
My name is Wigayi Kissandu, am a lawyer by professional; I have 8 years working on women rights. I joined WLAC since 2007 whereby I have been providing legal aid to needy women and children. Working with WLAC has enabled me to learn a lot of issues that affect and hinder women from accessing their legal rights that are inborn rights and those enshrined into constitution. Through working with WLAC I have participated into different forums and advocacy campaigns that aims at reforming policies and laws that are gender sensitive.

Joining this network i believe is an opportunity for me to learn from other countries and share experience that will contribute to broaden my skills in this field.
Wigayi Kissandu is the network champion (main point of contact) for Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC).

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