Women in Development and Gender and Development (WID/GAD) PROFILE

The WID/GAD programme is one of the development programmes in Arusha Archdiocese, which dealt specifically with women development project and gender related interventions. whereas, it extended its services of reaching out to underserved local population with the purpose of supporting marginalized communities, struggling with multiple forms of vulnerabilities including object poverty.

Under AAIDRO WIDGAD programme was established in 1984 under Merino Sisters  as a gender sensitive interventions programme with the philosophy and activities focused on enhancing the status and position of women. Emphasis is on empowerment of grass root women, the girl child and marginalized communities In the Northern Zone of Tanzania.


WID/GAD envisions a society in which women are empowered, motivated and have equal opportunities with men.


WIDGAD strives to promote gender equality, self-discovery and social wellbeing through provision of knowledge and skills to empower women and girls.

Featured Works

Educational different programs and Ocassions

WIDGAD Objectives

  • To raise awareness about women’s role in equitable and sustainable development initiatives, on an international, national, regional and grass root level
  • To promote sustainable agricultural knowledge and skills training among individual women and groups to increase women economic empowerment
  • To support women environmental and other income-generating activities that increase women’s economic empowerment.
  • To promote gender-sensitive planning at all levels of society
  • To enable women to become aware of their legal and human rights

Areas of Operation

WIDGAD is currently operating in Arusha, Manyara, longido, Monduli, Ngorongoro regions in the following areas.

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