Women Action Towards Entrepreneurship Development (WATED) is a Non-Governmental Organization registered under the Non-Government Organization Act, 2002 with Registration number 00NGO/00006546 with aiming at building, enhancing, improving and strengthening Women economic empowerment groups at grass root level, to act on and train to give women agency on issues of economic empowerment and leadership and raising awareness on Legal, health and taking part on the development agenda and self-employment to the general public.
Our organization was founded by seven women of different professions and registered in September 05th 2013. WATED was launched on 24th September 2013 by Honourable Sophia Simba Minister for Gender Children and Development.
Our activities are implemented from the needs assessment which all founding members identified prior to attending the Leadership Training in United States, whereas studies from individual members evolved on Legal – access to justice and legal information to rural communities, Health issues to rural communities, participation ongoing projects to members of the public.
From the needs identified holistically we agreed to approach our programs and activities based on our expertise and to bank on partnership with existing local, regional and international organisations.
Legal Advocacy and where need be representation is one of key Mandate of the organization
Let us continue working together to empower our communities, with you as a partner to development.
Women and Girls Empowerment
Among the issues highlighted were women’s rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) where Tanzania as one of the signatories is required to adhere to its commitment. Girls’ rights according to these international instruments must be respected, promoted and protected. Girls’ rights guaranteed are the right to survival, development, protection and participation.
Human Rights Education
Understanding the power of education, our organisation partner with professionals to build, enhance, improve and strengthen Women economic empowerment by partnership with expertise working within the country to discuss issues of Sustainable Development and the role both individuals, corporates and developing partners can play to ensure no one is left behind on the ongoing development globally.
Monitoring Development in Rural Communities
Majority of women reside in rural communities where there is ongoing development yet, their level of understanding on the projects is relatively very low. We work in partnership with local government organisations and women directly to address challenges they are changing and open dialogues to ensure women are empowered and can address their issues within their communities.
We believe on leadership, and leadership whereas Individuals are empowered to drive their own agenda. Hence, we train rural women and young people to be agents to the challenges they face in their communities through on legal, health, self-employment, reporting of Human Rights Violations and any other challenges they are facing.
Women Human Rights Defenders
Coordinating women Human Rights events to discuss development and challenges women are facing in our country. Discussions and trainings provide space for building knowledge and skills, opportunities for networking, solidarity, and help foster creativity among civil society actors—rural and urban–to improve how we can affect positive social and economic change on Women Rights work.
From the moment of establishing the organisation Partnership was first priority and we have been enjoying working with the Government, Intergovernmental organisation and International Organisation.
Acknowledgement of partnerships:
- Women Human Rights Defenders – OHCHR
- Women Economic Empowerment – Michigan State University – Gender Department
- Land Rights for Women – United States Department of States
- Human Rights and Development – Coalition for Human Rights in Development
- Corporation Accountability – Coalition for Corporate Accountability
- Extractive Industry for women – OXFAM – Tanzania
- Business and Human Rights – BHRT
- Girls Rights to Education – Women In Law Africa
- Women in Leadership – Women In Law Africa
- Universal Periodic Review – Tanzania Human Rights Defenders/Legal and Human Rights Centre
- African Peer Review Mechanism – Legal and Human Rights Centre
- Anti-Torture – Tanzania Human Rights Defenders
- Feminist space to unpack the issue of unpaid care work in relation to women’s rights and empowerment in Tanzania – OXFAM and TGNP
- Haki na Usalama – Tanganyika Law Society
- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights – Tanzania Women Lawyers Association
- Counselling on life skills – Happiness to life Centre
- Referral of women on microfinancing – PREMIT
- Legal issues – MoroParalegal/Lindi Paralegals/Tanganyika Law Society/Women Lawyers Association.
We customise trainings according to topical issues in the country and globally. Our focus is on ensuring communities (rural and peripheral communities) are equally informed and participate on development agenda by keying their observations and understanding on the issues. We create pool of trainers who continues the knowledge. We refer them as WATED Ambassadors.
Kindly take time to read our reports for more information of our activities.