Making the law work for women and girls

We educate women about their legal rights, providing legal advice, questioning and challenging the law.


What we offer

Gender Justice and Equity

Legal rights education and capacity building

Legal aid and support services

Our Impact

We have been supporting women and girl through  action research  by questioning and challenging the law, instigating campaigns for changes in laws, policies and plans of action, educating women  and girls on their rights and providing legal advice and gender sensitising communities

Here is a snapshot of our impact in 2022


35095 women and girls were reached through  WLSA various interventions (Mobile aid clinic, Empowerment sessions, Community dialogues, trainings, Workshops, Help desk and Prison visits)

Action Research

In 2022, 12  knowledge products were developed focusing on Women Political Participation, Gender Based Violence, Child Marriages, Women Human Rights Defenders and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.  

Legal aid Services

In 2022  WLSA embarked on an intense ‘Access to Justice’ program.103 mobile clinics were conducted reaching 9571 women and girls.140 help desk sessions were also  conducted reaching  9054 women and girls.

About Us

WLSA conducts action research in the seven countries of Southern Africa namely Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The essence of action research is that we inform, advise and take action during the research. For instance when we formulated the project, the constitutional reform process was not yet in place but we integrated it into the project since it is key to the participation of women in politics and decision making. In essence, we educate women about their legal rights, providing legal advice, questioning and challenging the law.

Latest News

365 days of Action Against Gender Based Violence

If we can do it for 16 days, we can do it for 365 days, we can do it for the rest of our live 

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Legal Aid Support services


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A 34-year-old woman has broken her silence on the abuse she had to endure in her marriage while pregnant. The abuse had been going on for over two years until Panashe (not her real name) decided to put an end to the traumatic experience. Panashe ran away from their matrimonial home, traumatised and in fear of a miscarriage. Panashe sought

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WLSA Condemns Gender Based Violence In Political Spaces

WLSA is concerned with the resurgent gender based violence in political activities WLSA is concerned with the resurgent gender-based violence in political activities and its impact on women’s political participation. Section 17, 56 and 80 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe spell out gender equality between the sexes and women’s right to full participation in all spheres of society and women’s

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Capacitating female artisanal miners

Women make up 10% of Zimbabwe’s 535,000 artisanal and small-scale miners, according to a report from the Pact Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based development nonprofit. The obstacles they face in the industry are considerable. In 2008, WLSA started its interventions targeting women in the mining sector to promote equality and empowerment. This work has over the years seen WLSA supporting and

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Joint Press Statement on Healthcare Workers Strike

[bdp_post_slider] Women and Law Southern Africa (WLSA), Katswe Sistahood, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Trust (SAT) and Women’s Action Group(WAG) are women’s rights organizations that advocate for the full realization of women and girls’ health and rights in Zimbabwe. We are deeply concerned about the massive strike being staged by the health personnel which has the potential to negatively

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