Tanzania- Past

Past programmes

Mobilising Action to Safeguard Rights of Girls in Tanzania: Phase II- Haki ya Binti Project

The Haki Ya Binti project which ended in March 2019 tackled the multiple forms of violence girls and young women face in rural Tanzanian communities for over 6 years since 2012. The project was developed as a direct response to a study led by child brides which revealed high levels of FGM, child marriage, domestic violence, early pregnancy and motherhood, and lack of economic opportunities for women.

Haki ya Binti was delivered with three local partners: Wadada Centre for Solution Focused Approach (now Wadada Solutions on Gender-Based Violence), Chama Cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora (UMATI) and Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF).

The project components included building capacity and leadership through girls clubs and networks; sexual reproductive health awareness-raising; income generation activities; as well as men and boy’s engagement and ensuring frontline staff and other professionals work together to tackle GBV.

“We are no longer considered a burden to parents or as beggars and loiterers in the community. We are now operating small businesses like tailoring, selling charcoal, selling second-hand clothing. We are valued as economically productive and respectable members of society. We are regarded as role models to the young ones and have increased our self-esteem.” – Network member, Tanzania

In numbers

  • 5,824

    girls and young women

  • 1,658

    frontline workers and policymakers

  • 10,761

    community members

FORWARD and UTU Mwanamke programme

UTU Mwanamke is a local woman led organisation, born of a branch of the international organisation Women’s Dignity, which operates in the Dodoma and Singida regions of Tanzania. FORWARD worked with UTU Mwanamke on a maternal health programme empowering girls and strengthening the ability of village health workers to meet the needs of women in rural areas. This involved training on building links between different services and providing resources such as bicycles and mobile phones to expand the reach of the village health workers, increasing their ability to respond to emergencies and to carry out their community awareness and market advocacy against harmful practices.

FORWARD also worked with Utu Mwanamke on obstetric fistula rehabilitation programme. Having identified that treatment was available for obstetric fistula, we noted a gap in programmes which supported women post-treatment. Obstetric fistula  has severe social consequences for the women who feel shame and experience social stigma due to this disability of which they often do not understand the cause. The programme aimed to remedy this by providing post-treatment rehabilitation programmes which build confidence, provide leadership training and training in income generating skills. The women went on into their communities to act as fistula champions, supporting other women affected by fistula and providing a support network for survivors.

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