Celebrating Women in 2022

This year, Tai Tanzania has celebrated International Women’s Day with the campaign #BreakTheBias in a very special way this year. On March 9, we had the opportunity to participate in an exhibition organized by Tangible Initiatives for Local Development Tanzania in collaboration with WILDAF, MKUKI Coalition and various technology designers, the official guest was Dr. Dorothy Gwajima who is the Minister of Health, Development, Gender and Children. The main theme was to demonstrate various digital concepts against Gender-Based Violence

Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, Minister of Health, Development, Gender and Children & Advocate Geline Fuko, TIFLD Executive Director

Hon. Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, visited our booth and watch our short captivating animation of SHUJAA, which is about gender-based violence in the Maasai community. She also commended us for the good work we are doing in the community and gave us ideas on how our content can be more useful and widely disseminated so as to reach the target audience, including adolescents. “This technology can be used on special smartphones for children, so that they can learn more. This program is a game changer program!” exclaimed Dr. Dorothy Gwajima.

At the culmination of the celebration of International Women’s Day, on March 12, Tai Tanzania in collaboration with Girl Effect and YUNA Tanzania together we organized an event with the motto GIRL NOW, WOMAN TOMORROW. The event involved students from five schools namely Fray luis Amigo secondary school, Loyola Secondary school, Jitegemee secondary school, Mbezi Beach high school, Mikocheni Secondary School.

Often, we are accustomed to various events where there must be an official guest such A guest of honor. Well, at this event the official guests were more than 30 students from 3 different schools in Dar es Salaam. The purpose was to recognise the efforts of girls and to discuss the challenges they face in school and at home.

This event was a platform to bring together students from various schools and to learn through the various presentations offered by the host organizers as well as a way to publicize the youth opportunities offered by those organizations.

One of the activities that took place includes a panel discussion in which the discussion topic was; “EXAMINING OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS IN EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS TO HAVE A VOICE AND ROLE IN DECISION MAKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD.” The panel discussion held was a representation of women doing impactful work within our community. One of the panelists, Ellen, is a student who spoke out about how people in our community do not necessarily believe in girls. Ms Kanen Mushi, assured the young girls of their great value and how they too can do anything they set out to do.

Panelists: Ms Frida Musilimu (YUNA), Madam Sophy Mbeyela (PLPDF), Ms Flora Robert (TEGA), Ms Kanen Mushi (WID), Ms Ellen (Mbezi Secondary School)

The key highlight success of this event is the feedback of the students; we have seen the urge to keep educating young men and women on sexual reproductive health issues as well as empowering young girls and women especially in getting access to education that will help to elevate their potential.