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.

WIDGAD Objective

  • 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.

  • Gender and Development
  • Women Economic Empowerment
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Sustainable Development