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Women Development for Science and Technology Association (WODSTA) is a non-governmental organization based in Arusha, Tanzania. It was started in 1990 and officially registered in 1992. WODSTA’s philosophy and activities are focused on enhancing the status and position of women. Emphasis is focused on grass root women, the girl child and marginalized communities within the Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara Regions.
WODSTA is a women’s membership organization guided by the principals of justice, voluntarism, and transparency. WODSTA aims at enabling a women’s self-discovery in order to take her rightful place in society and play her role in accordance with her full potential. Its members are drawn from different fields and guided under the leadership of an elected Chairperson and Secretary General. Number of Active members are 30. The interest of WODSTA’s members include education, agriculture, community and gender development providing a large knowledge base in dealing with the complexities of women’s development issues.
WODSTA consists of a dedicated team of community organizers and volunteers who believe in the importance of grassroots education and social change. The organization is member driven with an executive committee made up of women actively involved in the community and other civil society organizations. This executive committee is responsible for policy and for overall management of the organization.
WODSTA envisions a society in which women are empowered, motivated and have equal opportunities with men.
WODSTA strives to promote gender equality, self-discovery and social wellbeing through provision of knowledge and skills to empower women and girls.
• 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
WODSTA is currently operating in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions in the following areas.
• Gender and Development
• Women Economic Empowerment
• Environmental Conservation
• Appropriate Technology
• Sustainable Development