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Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust-Zambia is part of a regional organization with offices in seven countries in the region. The organization was set up in 1989 by female lecturers in southern African universities to respond to the socio-legal needs of women in the region and to develop women’s rights methodologies. 

Our mission Statement

Our mission is to contribute to the socio-economic political and legal advancement of women and girls specifically within the Southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.This is achieved through (a) collaborative strategic and action oriented research in the socio-legal field and (b) lobbying for legal reforms and policy changes on laws and practices which discriminate and disadvantage women.

 Our Objectives

The development objective of WLSA is to improve the socio legal and political status of women and girls in Southern Africa.This is done through the following activities:-

  1. Developing the research skills of women’s law researchers in the network countries;
  2. Conducting research on gender issues in Southern Africa, particularly those related to legal rights;
  3. Providing information on gender and the law and influencing policy and law reform in each country;
  4. Networking and exchanging information between the seven countries;
  5. Conducting training and planning seminars on research and producing materials in the seven countries;
  6. Exploring and developing new methodologies and new perspectives for the study of gender and the law in the seven countries;
  7. Cooperating and liaising with other organizations in each country, in the region and internationally which are interested in issues relating to women and law.
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