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The Women’s University in Africa is a private institution established in 2002 and granted a Charter by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2004. Its main campus is located in Marondera, 80km South East of Harare. It is currently operating from its second campus in Harare at two sites; in Mt Pleasant and 188 Sam Nujoma Street, Avondale. The University’s mission is to provide quality tuition, research and service to the community to empower students for leadership and developmental roles. WUA is guided by its core values which are:

  • Gender sensitive
  • Equity and diversity
  • Academic freedom
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Social responsibility
  • Transparency and accountability

It seeks to enhance women’s capacity through the provision of higher education, which enables them to fulfil political, social and leadership roles. The University considers the empowerment of women to be critical for sustainable democratic governance, economic growth and enhanced well-being of the general populace. WUA is the only women’s university in the region set up to directly tackle the problem of women’s access to university education. Its enrolment of 85% women and 15% men, the majority of whom are over 25 years of age, is proving to be better than traditional approaches of affirmative action. It is a contribution towards the 50/50 gender participation ratio as advocated through the SADC Protocol on Gender to address the historical and culturally engrained gender imbalances.