Formed in 1989, Women and Law in Southern African Research and Education Trust (WLSA) Zimbabwe is a local Chapter of a sub-regional network- member countries are Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe- seeking to contribute to sustained well-being of women and girl children in Southern Africa through action-oriented research in the socio-legal field and advocating women’s rights.
By action oriented research we mean research which is intended to inform and influence action being taken to improve the socio-legal situation of women and girl children. WLSA work incorporates action into research by questioning and challenging the law, instigating campaigns for changes in law and in policies, educating women about their rights, providing legal advice and gender sensitizing communities and leadership during the course of the research.
1.1. Vision of WLSA Zimbabwe
A society where justice is equitably accessed claimed and enjoyed by women and girls in all spheres of life.
1.2. Mission of WLSA
WLSA Zimbabwe is to organize; coordinate and support evidence based interventions that promote and protect women and girl’s rights through legal and policy reform and changes to discriminatory socio-cultural practices.
1.3 WLSA Goal
WLSA goal is to contribute to gender equality and fulfillment of women and girls rights.
WLSA Zimbabwe is guided by the following values:
- Accountability and transparency
- Equal rights and opportunities
1.5 Target beneficiary /constituency
Marginalized women and girls are the direct target group for WLSA. We have defined marginalized women and girls as those who are disadvantaged women in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. These are women and girls who:
- have been left out in development issues
- are socially, economically, politically and culturally marginalized
- have limited access to resources which are critical for their survival.
- have low literacy levels
- who also suffer multiple jeopardy
- lack access to information, education and campaign materials on issues that affect them.
- are infected and affected by HIV and Aids
Secondary beneficiaries include men, boys, Law and Policy makers, Journalists/media, Community leaders/members, civil society and the public in general and communities at large.
1.6 Mission related programme areas
- Gender justice and equality
- Legal rights education and capacity building
- Legal aid and support services
HIV/AIDS and women’s economic empowerment are cross cutting themes