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UZIKWASA and Pangani District Authorities join against GBV and Child Abuse

On Saturday 15th 2019 UZIKWASA, in collaboration with Pangani District Authorities,    awarded the top ten best performing villages in Pangani for their efforts to fight violence against women and children. Almost thousand community members and their leaders attended the colorful event to learn from the winning villages who shared their stories about what they did to fight gender violence and child abuse during the past year.  On the same day UZIKWASA launched its new communication campaign with the slogan KUMBE! This concerns me, it concerns all of us!”  alongside its KUMBE TV and Radio spots. A highlight of the day was a speech delivered by Aisha Ally on behalf of Pangani’s children.  In anticipation of the International Day of the African Child on June 16thAisha appealed to the authorities to take firm action against perpetrators of sexual abuse of children which destroys the dreams of so many girls.

“We children have a lot of dreams and the government is our last hope after our parents, guardians and the community have let us down. We want the community to know that children are being raped and sodomized by grown ups and this is a huge problem. We urge you to protect us and support us so we can realize our goals in life”.

Pangani District authorities in collaboration with UZIKWASA took the opportunity to officially launch the implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPA) to end Violence against Women and Children in Pangani District.  For the past two months, local communities have already been engaged in a dialogue about NPA by the UZIKWASA owned radio station 107.7 Pangani FM and through its live radio streaming, Pangani FM Facebook, and its Blog.

Joining Hands for Gender Justice -Our new book is out!

The book was born out of the idea to provide an in-depth understanding of UZIKWASA’s social change intervention approaches to end gender violence and violence against children in Pangani District. It is the product of an intense five days reflection workshop with UZIKWASA team members towards planning a structured process for taking UZIKWASA social change approaches to scale.  The purpose was to surface essential elements of our holistic gender and transformative leadership program and of UZIKWASA’s organizational culture and values that contributed to social transformation in Pangani District. Get the book

Partnerships for Gender Justice- WOLEA & Tree of Hope& UZIKWASA

UZIKWASA has recently entered a new partnership with WOLEA and Tree of Hope,  both  well established organizations known for their committed work in gender justice and women empowerment in Tanga region. The aim was to take first steps towards inspiring a movement for transformation around gender justice in our region through training approaches that go beyond provision of factual knowledge. In a joint three days start-up workshop staff, management and board members of WOLEA and Tree of Hope had the opportunity to experience the power of reflective training approaches in person. They were touched by their new learning and by the various reflective processes they engaged in: self-reflection for facilitators of change, breaking power structures and listening at three levels.  One of the participating board members shared his feelings:  

 “ This day is very special day in my life and I have written a new diary for my leadership practices… I never ever had an important meeting like this one before, where we put our titles aside and mix with staff, management, and executives.  This helped  me  to be free and  feel comfortable to share and learn”.  

As UZIKWASA we cant wait to see how our esteemed  partners will work with their new learning within their organizations and  in their own specific program context.

Pangani FM among Top Media Houses in the Country.

The Yearbook on Media Quality in Tanzania 2018 assessed a sample of 25 media outlets in the country for quality performance. Criteria included professionalism (multiple sourcing, identifying topics beyond the official agenda), comprehensiveness (various perspectives, addressing root causes of problems, multiple opinions and viewpoints), understandability for audience and ethics. One of the most salient study results is that local radio stations performed better than national radios. Our community radio Pangani FM confirms this.  Overall it ranked 8th among the 25 media institutions in the study. Read full report

Journal article on UZIKWASA program published

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Using Gender –Transformative Approaches at a Community Level in Rural Tanzania: The UZIKWASA program has been published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Drawing on  longitudinal research  (hearsay ethnographies) and qualitative methods (IDIs and FGDs), this paper explores  how UZIKWASA’s program effects  change. Read full article.

KUMBE! TV Spots – Are now out.

KUMBE is a powerful Swahili word expressing surprise and, in a deeper sense, realization or awakening.

In UZIKWASA’s Theory of Change,  “KUMBE” marks a process of surfacing consciousness, ‘seeing’ oneself and one’s role in society, before taking steps towards change and personal transformation.

With the slogan KUMBE!  Inanihusu mimi… na sisi sote   our new TV spots are about members of the society, people who have had their KUMBE! about their individual  role in combatting sexual and gender violence, intimate partner violence and violence against our children. Whether I am a Boda Boda Driver, a teacher, a police officer, a judge or a medical doctor,  the TV spots show their “KUMBE, it does concern me and it concerns everyone else too”

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