OVERVIEW OF WOMEN’S INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Governance: To enhance women and girls’ interest in politics and governance as well as influence structural changes to expand and protect safe spaces for women and girls.
Diplomacy: WILD strives to be neutral when dealing with various political institutions.
Diversity: Wild programmes and activities will be assorted to adapt to the everchanging operating environment
Tolerance: WILD will be receptive and open-minded to different beliefs, values and cultures within the Zimbabwean context
Equity: WILD strives to be just in the execution of its mandate
Accountability: WILD will remain accountable to its beneficiaries and targeted stakeholders in the communities.
Integrity: WILD promises a level of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures and principles.
Formally established in January 2012, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) is a non-profit making organization based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Since its inception, WILD has carried out a number of local and national level advocacy initiatives and capacitating women as a way of gathering a critical mass needed to influence local and national policies The core objective of the organization is to build and strengthen the power of women’s involvement in leadership and decision-making processes at local, sub-national and national levels, both in rural and urban communities of Zimbabwe.
WILD helps harness women’s capacity, connections and credibility they need to unlock their potential as catalysts of local and national leadership change, development and policy progress. WILD endeavors to find common ground with and work alongside other organizations who share a broadly similar concern for, and interest in women’s rights. WILD is motivated by the belief that all human beings must fully enjoy the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, among other gender equality instruments.
WILD provides safe spaces were women from various political parties, representing diverse communities and political ideologies dialogue about democracy, elections and governance issues in Zimbabwe. WILD has mentored and built relationships with women in Parliament and local authorities and in their individual capacities as political players across the political divide. Through its Young Women Desk, WILD has institutionally organized and expedited direct engagements between young women and their elected public officials.
The organization has through its Social Accountability Initiatives, built the capacity of women both in urban and rural areas to be able to demand Gender Responsive Budgeting from their local authority so as to influence the formulation of Gender Responsive budgets.