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Ask an activist: Why are women lacking land rights in Tanzania and what can be done about it?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Elizabeth Maro Minde is the Managing Director of Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange Community Organization in Tanzania, a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. Minde and her organization provides legal counselling and representation to marginalized women in rural communities. She spoke to UN Women during the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about the issue of land rights.

Safe spaces for women, by women, bring smart infrastructure for all

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

From marketplaces in the Pacific to parks in eastern Europe, women are rising up and demanding safety, respect and inclusion in public spaces, and coming together to make it happen. Through community efforts, UN Women is working around the world to help women claim their space.

From where I stand: “We must believe in ourselves that we can be leaders”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Betty Mtehemu, Deputy Chairperson of Fabric Clothes Sector, and Chairperson of the Women’s Union in Dar es Salaam’s Mchikichini Market has seen how raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market.

In the words of Faidah Suleiman: “Through my job I’m making changes in my family and in the society”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Faidah Suleiman is the Superintendent of Police, Gender and Children Desk in Tanzania. With 20 years of police experience, she has been part of the Gender Desk since it was established in 2009. In 2014, UN Women partnered with the Gender and Children Desks to improve the quality of services provided.

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Gender and News Summit

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Gender and News Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Tanzania

Thursday, August 23, 2018

During her three-day visit to Tanzania, UN Women Executive Director visited women market vendors, met with government officials and dignitaries, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, women parliamentarians, women’s rights organizations and youth groups, among others. She also attended the Gender and News Summit organized by UN Women in Dar es Salaam from 22 to 24 August.

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school.

In the words of Ruth Kihiu: Empowering Maasai women in northern Tanzania

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ruth Kihiu is a Programme Manager at The Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC), which works to socio-economically empower marginalized pastoralist Maasai women in Ngorongoro, Monduli, and Longido districts in Tanzania, through livelihood and income-generating activities. PWC, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, also aims to educate women and girls about their rights and equip them with leadership skills.

Safe in Serengeti: Young women and girls seek refuge from female genital mutilation in Mara, Tanzania

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Mugumu, Serengeti, in the Mara region of north-western Tanzania, a safe house takes in young girls escaping child marriage, domestic abuse and sexual assault; but primarily girls who are escaping female genital mutilation (FGM).

In Tanzania, refugee women find safety and embrace new lives

Friday, June 16, 2017

In three Women’s Centres supported by UN Women in Tanzania, women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence. Many have picked up new trades and advocate for their own rights. Some have found new family and new lives.

Community leadership makes markets safer for women traders in Tanzania

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

For women working in the Mchikichini market, violence and discrimination used to be a daily reality. But now, thanks to the “Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women” project, women market traders are protected by law and can work without the fear of violence.

From where I stand: “I became a man, just to access the mines”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pili Hussein is Tanzania’s first woman miner, who disguised herself as a man to access the Tanzanite mines. During the week, she worked alongside men in the mines and on weekends, as a farm hand. Today, she has 70 employees, a mining license, and wants to make sure that the next generation of women miners don’t face the same barriers as she did.

Stepping out of the Boma: Maasai women of Tanzania take charge of their own lives and livelihood

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In Tanzania, UN Women and partner workshops have empowered hundreds of Maasai women to acquire land, find additional employment and diversify their economic activities to supplement their families’ income.

Empowering young women entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Young women entrepreneurs in Tanzania gain skills in entrepreneurship, marketing accounting and cross-border trade through the UN Joint Programme on Youth Employment, implemented by UN Women, International Labor Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 2013 - 2015. Their incomes have increased, along with their confidence, and they are now generating employment opportunities for other youth.

Bringing women’s needs into policy response on drug use

Thursday, June 23, 2016

While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victims—one out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes.

From where I stand: Stella Cosmas Chetto

Monday, April 18, 2016

Stella Cosmas Chetto, 48, ran for election in the Sengerema District Council in the United Republic of Tanzania in October 2015, after receiving leadership training as both an aspirant and a candidate from UN Women. Sustainable Development Goal 5 seeks to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

From where I stand: Eisha Mohammed

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Eisha Mohammed, 41, is a solar engineer working and living in Mjimwema, a remote village in southern Tanzania. She spent six months training to be a solar engineer at the Barefoot College in India, supported by UN Women and the Government of India.

Chasing hard-hitting women’s stories in Tanzania

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stephanie Raison writes about a day in her life as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women in United Republic of Tanzania.

Women claim their space in Tanzania’s elections

Friday, October 23, 2015

A dozen of the women candidates trained by UN Women and partners speak about the challenges they’ve faced in the lead-up to this weekend’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections and how the training has motivated them.

Income empowers Kilimanjaro women to seek justice

Monday, June 1, 2015

Through a programme supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, more than 1,000 women have joined savings and loans groups, started businesses, and sought legal advice to claim their rights.

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