From 25th November to 10th December, Tanzania will join other countries in the world to…
2022, marks 25 years since the establishment of the Tanzania Chapter of the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF). Looking down memory lane, we are proud of the remarkable journey and achievements we have made in women’s movement building in Tanzania. For these years, WiLDAF has transformed the lives of women and girls through aid services, advocacy for gender responsive laws and policies, and mainstream gender to formal and informal structures to ensure safer and equal participation of men and women in all aspects of political, social, cultural and economic spheres.
As a Pan-African women’s rights movement, the 25 years presents an opportunity to take stock of the milestones recorded such as the Pioneer of the establishment of the Police gender and children desks, Pioneer of the establishment Tanzania Police Female Network. Contributed to the development of (NPA/VAWC), the enactment of the Legal Aid Act, and key players in the establishment of Paralegal units to provide legal support to victims of violence. Championed the 16 Days of Activism Campaign which is now a national movement to end Violence Against Women and Children. Empower women to effectively participate in leadership positions and decision making organs.
This anniversary celebration could not have come at a better time than now when Tanzania is proudly led by the First Female President H.E Samia Suluhu Hassan.
While celebrating these achievements we remain conscious of the unfinished journey
ahead. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; underrepresented in political and decision-making organs; work more and earn less and have fewer choices, and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Furthermore, the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 have put a significant threat of rolling back hard-won feminist gains in the past decades.
The situation requires a feminist movement with the force, voice, and support to stretch across all social strata to change perceptions and promote women’s and girls’ human rights. As such WiLDAF anticipates seizing the moment to accelerate the women’s rights movement, champion more gender responsive legal reforms to promote women’s economic justice.
The main theme of this event will be, “25 years of using law to transform Women’s lives” to cement on WiLDAF’s core competency in linking law and development so as to increase women’s influence and participation in all aspects of life.
Why 25 years celebrations (our objectives);
- Taking stock of our journey
- Accelerate women’s rights and the feminist movement
- Inspire inter-generational movement building
- Lead legal reforms to address gender equality and women empowerment