Southern Highlands Paralegal Organization (SOHIPO)

MBEYA, Tanzania
Joined August 2021

Southern Highlands Paralegal org - Is a Non-governmental Organization Works in Tanzania Mainland by providing legal aid and legal education services freely. The organization is Located at Mbeya city.

Presence in: Tanzania
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights

About Southern Highlands Paralegal Organization – Is a Non-governmental Organization; It was officially registered on 19th August, 2016 under Section 12(2) of Act No. 24 of 2002 with Registration No. 00NGO/0008747. Initially the organization was established as Community Based Organization in 2014. Establishment of SOHIPO came after learning that “most people” are ignorant of Government laws and regulations and that this contributed to loss of their basic human rights.

The organization is a non profit making organization, neither political nor religious benefits hence satisfies to be doing charitable business as per objectives specified. The organization is Located at Uyole Mbeya city Council on Plot number UY/HS/140 with Postal address 1049 – Mbeya.

Our vision: Have a society that focuses and respects on human rights and good governance.

Our mission: Eliminating gender-based violence in the community by educating the community and providing legal aid/ assistance to vulnerable groups such as; women and children; to ensure the community is doing equal rights for women and children.

Principle functions of an organization: To raise public awareness of citizen’s constitutional rights.

  • To deal with legal advice and counselling services and other related activities.
  • To lobby of change for discriminatory policies, laws and advocate for equitable change in gender relations in Tanzania and sensitize the general public on women and children rights.
  • Offers legal education and support poor women in establishing self-help groups.
  • To build a joint network with other NGOs and Government sectors which have activities related to human rights.

NETWORKING: Southern Highlands Paralegal Organization (SOHIPO) is one among members of a network of non-governmental organizations involved in the provision of legal aid services called TAPANET.