Who we are
Women’s Action for Development (WAD) is an Article 21 Company, not for gain and operates as a Namibian-based non-partisan, non-party-political Non-Governmental Organisation.
To be the EMPOWERING AGENT for disadvantaged rural people in Namibia to play their rightful role in society with regard to:
- The financial and economic power base of the country;
- Decision-making at all levels of government;
- Participation in the democratic process of the country;
- Self-reliance and freedom of personal choice; and
- Personal growth and human dignity.
- To serve, support and encourage historically disadvantaged rural people in Namibia
- To organise themselves into Self-Help groups through motivation and training and to promote income-generating activities; and
- To participate in the democratic processes of the country that will enhance self-reliance, personal growth, the socio-economic and the socio-political empowerment of people
WAD is a Self-Help Organisation, which aims at uplifting the socio-economic and socio-political situation of primarily rural women in Namibia, through training with the following objectives:
- To prepare them to enter the labour market and to establish income-generating projects;
- To enhance self-development and self-reliance;
- To transfer knowledge and skills to enhance abilities;
- To advance women’s status in the Namibian society and to promote gender equality.
WAD, which is a male-friendly organisation, was established on 18 July 1994 in the Omusati region (north-west) and has since extended its wing-span to all 13 regions of the country.
Apart from its training centres which are situated in the regions of Omusati, Hardap and Karas, WAD has established 13 offices in all 13 regions of the country. Its 13 offices represent 107 “Community Voice” members/Trainers in all 107 constituencies.
The WAD representatives acknowledge, support and co-operate with Regional Councillors and Local Authorities to identify the training needs and social challenges in all 107 constituencies. These training needs are subsequently channelled through to the WAD Head Office, who in turn, facilitates and co-ordinates the training workshops in conjunction with the WAD regional representatives.