This short documentary about WLAC’s services provides an in-depth look at WLAC’s paralegals and paralegal units. Click here to learn more about WLAC’s paralegal program.

Who We Are

The Women’s Legal Aid Centre 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.

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.  As a result WLAC, as a legal- and community-based organization strives to promote a nation that upholds gender equality and respects women’s rights by using a grassroots and top-down approach simultaneously through different programs and lobbying strategies.   

Promote access to justice and advocate for gender responsive policies for women and children

A just society that respects the rights of women and children


  • To provide legal aid services to women and children so as to safeguard their rights and improve their livelihoods.  

  • To facilitate the establishment and strengthening of paralegal units across Tanzania to foster community-based education on legal and human rights, and to improve timely access to quality legal aid.  

  • To lobby for change of discriminatory policies, laws and cultural practices which promote and sustain gender-based violence. 

  • To prepare and publish educational materials related to women and children’s rights.

  • To develop and strengthen partnerships with like-minded organizations at the local, national and international level.  

  • To prepare informational radio and television programs and liaise with the print media on issues related to gender equality and women and children's rightsTo prepare radio programs and liaise with the media in order to provide the masses with education about the law, gender-based violence, and human rights.

  • To conduct seminars, workshops, and conferences on different topics related to women and children’s rights to different segments of the population.