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The Issues & Our Response | Women

BabyWOMEN IN TANZANIA

In Tanzania, it is estimated that women, especially in rural areas, provide 80 percent of the labor force, generating 60 percent of food production. Despite these disproportionate numbers, women have little decision-making power regarding income, reproduction issues, or education. Cultural understandings of gendered roles contribute to continuing inequities due to the following:

  • Persistent and increasing burden of poverty on women
  • Inequities and inadequacies in unequal access to education
  • Inequities and inadequacies in access to health care
  • Violence against women
  • Inadequate legal protection for women's rights and lack of knowledge of legal system
  • Inequity in economic structures and policies in all forms of productive activities
  • Inequitable access to resources
  • Inequity between men and women sharing power and decision-making at all levels
  • Lack of respect for and inadequate promotion and protection of women's human rights
  • Persistent discrimination against and violation of young girls' rights

MWANGAZA'S RESPONSE

BINTI/MAMA Daughters/Mothers 1998-2003

In 1998 women expressed concern that 50 percent of girls in secondary schools were not completing their education. They requested that Mwangaza initiate a Binti/Mama (Daughter/Mother) intergenerational program. Staff PhotoOver a five-year period, women leaders in all 20 dioceses of the ELCT were trained in the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Women's health
  • Advocacy for girls' education
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Bible study

IMPACT: According to records kept by women in all dioceses, women trained in this program returned to their dioceses to teach others, reaching 45,000 women nationwide.

 

BINTI/MAMA 2004-2008

Mom with childrenWomen leaders requested continuing training in these issues:

  • legal advocacy
  • education advocacy
  • women's health
  • conflict resolution
  • HIV/AIDS
  • stigma and abuse
  • Bible Study

 

BINTI/MAMA in new clothing 2010-2013

Mom with childrenA TEAM OF WOMEN: Students Teachers Women
This innovative program initiated in December 2010 trains students, teachers, and women as a team to advocate for community health. Following training at Mwangaza, these teams return to their schools and congregations to present information. Because of the cultural sensitivity of these issues, these teams are given not only new information, but also guidelines for making presentations. The challenge is for girls and women and boys and men to become advocates together for change.

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Stigma and abuse
  • Women's health
  • Water and life
  • Legal advocacy
  • Decision-making

 

 

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