Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) is an Association founded in 1989 and officially registered in 1990. The founding members comprised a professional group of women lawyers who felt the need for an organization that could promote an environment guaranteeing equal rights and access to all by focusing on vulnerable and marginalised groups especially women and children. The founding members also recognised the need for women lawyers to foster mutual support for each other in professional advancement and social responsibility. TAWLA has more than 570 members.


The Annual General Meeting is the supreme body charged with the responsibilities of making important decisions for the welfare of the organisation and its programme. This organ will meet once per year. Reporting to the AGM is the Executive Council responsible for policy formulation and provision of technical and policy direction and advice to the Management. The Executive council meets quarterly to advise and guide the operation and management of the organization.  Under this organ is the Executive Director who is responsible for overall programming and management of the day to day programme’s affairs. The Executive Director ensures that the organisation and its programme are run efficiently and effectively toward accomplishment of TAWLA’s mission. The Executive Director together with the heads of departments will constitute the Management Team.


TAWLA is dedicated to the ideal of lifelong learning for women through the advocacy of civil rights, social justice, transparency, integrity, respect, gender equity, good governance and accountability.


TAWLA’s vision: envisage a society that respects and upholds human rights.

TAWLA’s Mission is commitment to the professional advancement of its  members and the promotion of women and children’s rights and good governance.