About Us

The National Associate Center for Women Research and Documentation (WRDC-TZ in acronym) for the United Republic of Tanzania was conceived in 2009 with the technical support from UNESCO/UNIFEM, together with a series of the stakeholders’ consultation meetings which were undertaken to decide the establishment of the national associate center in Tanzania, and whereas Tengeru Institute of Community Development (TICD) was chosen to be a host of the activities of the center and it affirmed to be a pivot of the activities of the National Center. This center was set up as an autonomous and independent institution working with different organizations including government institutions, authorities, civil society, and non-governmental organizations in executing its functions and also; the center is networking with the Regional Center on Women, Gender and Peace building in the Great Lakes Region (CERED-GL), which is based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The center is keen on undertaking researches, disseminating research information about women within the country and working abreast with all National Associate centers of eleven member states of the Great Lakes Region which are Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan and Zambia and other organizations operate in the region for helping women to participate fully in peace building such as conflict prevention and conflict resolutions and also who are cherishing human rights, and preventing gender based violence (GBV) in the region.
Creating a better environment which realizing human rights, equality and harmony for economic, political, social and cultural empowerment of the women and men in our society so as to ensure sustainable development within the societyt
The national associate center has got the mission of;
  1. The Center is serving as an observatory, resource and information department for women issues through conducting research on gender equality, peace building and human rights for women at national level and by networking with governmental instances, universities and organizations of civil society, through sensitizing, lobbying and advocating in order to put an end to all forms of discrimination and violence against women, by reinforcing the capacities of women through giving them the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and support for the participation of women in development..
The core values track on (WGE)
  1. Women Rights: The Center is putting effort on ensuring that women have equal rights with men as part and parcel of their human rights.
  2. Gender Equality: The Center pronounces equal representation and full engagement of men and women in development
  3.  Empowerment: The Center believes all people have similar potential capabilities which should be used for seeking, maintaining peace and preventing upcoming conflicts.
The national associate center bonds on to liberate, promote, protect and respect human rights of women, gender equality and peace in our country. This is achieved through capacity building in women’s studies and gender research, and reinforcing the linkages between research and policy formulation so as to ensure women’s full participation and contribution to sustainable transformation and development in the context of the post conflict reconstruction.
  1. To support the development of evidence-based policies in favour of women’s rights, gender equality and peace building. Academics and competent NGOs to undertake policy-oriented research in areas where there are proven gaps and provide information necessary for the development of gender responsive policies and programs, as well as advocacy campaigns. Issues to be addressed would be identified in consultation with relevant partners including government Ministries, women’s NGOs and academics.
  2. To contribute in building human and institutional capacity to engage in policy oriented research, formulation of evidence-based policies, awareness raising and advocacy regarding women’s participation, rights and equality and focus on establishing or supporting women’s studies and gender research programs at universities in the country.
  3. To serve as an observatory and clearinghouse on information related to women’s issues in Tanzania. The Center also collects and disseminates various research information and documentation produced on the status and conditions of women in the country, as well as information on the best practices. It also creates databanks of women academics, women and gender studies in Tanzania and relevant women’s NGOs.