This category targeted institutions or individuals who have done outstanding work in fighting to eliminate harmful practices against women and girls, female genital mutilation (FGM), gender-based violence (GBV) and other forms of oppression against women; and those that have ensured women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making.
Established in 2008, EFG promotes and empowers women in the informal sector to know their rights, participate in economic development and leadership opportunities. The organization started the ‘Sauti ya Mwanamke Sokoni’ campaign to give women in the local markets a collective voice in addressing issues such as poor WASH facilities, unsafe work environment etc. The initiative developed women in business management, leadership and collective advocacy. EFG has reached more than 22 local markets in Dar es Salaam, and through its partners, 10 markets in Mbeya and 8 in Shinyanga – reaching more than 35,000 informal sector traders. It has influenced women to get involved in LGA decisions, fight for improved and safe public spaces in markets, and influenced the amendment of some markets’ constitutions to guarantee seats for women in leadership. EGF also addresses the sexual abuse in the markets through the ‘Mpe riziki, sio matusi’ campaign which has been similarly powerful.
CDF was established in 2006 to address harmful practices that affect the wellbeing and dignity of girls and young women in Tanzania, such as FGM, child marriages, sexual violence and child pregnancy in Mara, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam. CDF is working with in and out-school girls clubs empowering girls aged 9 to 19 to utilize their potential in achieving their education, health, economic and leadership rights. It has established more than 80 CDF clubs in schools that have directly reached more than 1,600 girls and more indirectly.
CDF has also been instrumental in supporting the police force through the gender violence reporting desk, not only by building capacity on how to respond to gender issues but also building external desks to make victims feel safer to report. Early in 2019, CDF spearheaded the development of a one-stop-center at Mwananyamara hospital in Dar es Salaam; the center aims to smooth the gender violence reporting process by housing the police, medical services and social workers under one roof.
TAI was registered in 2014 but started its work promoting gender equality in 2016 through various projects in Shinyanga; one of them was ‘Usichana wangu kwanza’ (proud to be a girl) project. Following a finding that over 80% of school girls between ages 9 and 16 did not have sufficient knowledge on menstrual hygiene management, the organization took on the challenge to address the gap amongst girls, parents and teachers. TAI developed a menstruation hygiene toolkit containing a female human body dummy, hygiene pads, interactive games and a movie through an electronic tablet device. The initiative reached many schools and over 1,400 girls.
TAI has also done capacity building to teachers and other CSOs using their approved training manual and game guides so that they can reach more girls in their localities. Other successful projects implemented by TAI include ‘a girl’s dignity’ which addressed gender separated WASH facilities in schools and the ‘Ending child marriages’ project.