Women and girls are empowered, self-reliant, and given equal opportunity to contribute to society.
Summary Description of your Organization
Women for Fair Development (WOFAD)is a local Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) that was started by a small group of women and girls, mostly widows, infected and affected with HIV and AIDS. Under the one-party system, individuals could not demonstrate personal accumulation of wealth. As a result, immense restrictions were placed on building homes and purchasing personal property. Once the multi-party system was introduced in 1994, homes were built and people began amassing property. However at the same time, men began dying in large numbers and women were accused of killing the men as a means of accumulating their wealth. This was a difficult time for women as they became victims of property grabbing, gender-based violence and lack of economic means with the death of their husband. In Chirimba urban area, a small group of woman began meeting rotationally at each other’s homes to support one another and began discussing ways to improve their lives. Though WOFAD has a long history, the organization was officially started on the 18th of July 2005.
WOFAD was established in 2005 is registered with the Trustees incorporation Act of 1967 under registration number TR/INC 4118,Council for Non Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) with Registration number and Certificate Number C 568/2012.WOFAD is also registered with the Non Government Organizations (NGO) Board of Malawi, registration number NGO/R/ 12/48. WOFAD is managed by an active of seven-member Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for providing technical expertise to the Management. Approves and guides all activities undertaken by WOFAD.
WOFAD is also affiliated with Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organisation (MANASO), Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN), NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGOGCN), Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), Malawi Scotland Partnership (MsP), Malawi SE4ALL Network, Civil Society Organization Nutrition Allies (CSONA) , Malawi Trafficking Network (MTN), Malawi Scottish Partnership(MsP), Blantyre District Civil Society Network (BDCSON) Member of District Executive Committee (DEC), Government structures, Community Based Organisations (CBO) and Faith Based Organisations (FBO).
WOFAD is a membership organisation owned by the volunteers themselves with over 2,190 (1,475 women and girls and 715 men) registered in the organization.