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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 & Transitional Justice
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

Mburalina Maira

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined April 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Women's Rights
I'm Mburalina David Maira holding Post graduate diploma in legal practice and Bachelor of laws. Working with Women's Legal Aid Centre for three years in the position of Advocate and Program Officer. Being the advocate I am fighting for equality before the law to children in conflict with the law arraigned before the court through legal representation service by making sure that the courts and public prosecutor adhere the law of child of 2009 for purpose of saving the best interest of the child. Also to providing legal assistance to women and refugees for attaining their rights and access to legal justice services. My roles in the organization are based on providing legal representation and legal assistance to children, women and refuges in judicial and non judicial bodies. Being a project officer I'm coordinating training to women and young women to understand their strength and impact which they can have in standing together to fight against all forms of violence in their society. Mobilizing women to gain self- confidence, encouraging reporting, raising awareness to the community on the need of ending violence against women and young women and working with the local government leaders to establish mechanism to leverage resources and respond to violence in coordinated manner. I have decided to join the network so as to increase knowledge in legal empowerment leadership skill that will help me to envisage the Nation and World to gender equality.

Theodosia Muhulo

Tanzania  
Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
Joined April 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence
Ms.Theodosia Muhulo has over 15 years of experience in legal and human rights issues with a focus on women, and children’s rights, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), 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 the 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), a board member to the Tanzania Paralegal Network (TAPANET) and Tanzania Network for Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP). Ms. Nshala holds an L.L.B and a practicing Advocate Certificate.
I am looking for the opportunity to networking, learning and sharing experience with other fellow members of a network.

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.

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