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