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International Women’s Day IWD March 8, 2022

Messages from Leila's Cafe YES, we have made strides in moving forward the Women's Rights Agenda. Yes, we have organized ourselves, as advocates for women's rights, into a cohesive Movement. Yes, we have more women in leadership positions in Tanzania. Yes, the rights and protection of children has become a priority. Yes, women are more vocal; more visible; more...

Sexual Harassment

IS sexual harassment an economic crime? Yes, sexual harassment is, an economic crime, in the context of: ▪︎ The impact of sexual harassment in the income of the victims/survivor ▪︎ The impact on the health of the victim/survivor, to the detriment of their earning capacity ▪︎ The loss of trained and skilled workforce to the nation ▪︎ The invasion...

Ugonjwa wa akili

Ni suala ambalo huwa hatulizungumzii kwenye jamii zetu. Huwa tunahisi ni jambo la aibu iwapo sisi wenyewe, au mwanandugu anatatizo la ugonjwa wa akili. Ugonjwa wa akili upo wa aina kadha: 1. Schizophrenia, ugonjwa huu ni pale mgonjwa husikia sauti kichwani mwake, na huwa anasema na hizo sauti, huku jamii ikimwona anasema peke yake. 2. Anxiety Disorder, ugonjwa...

Depression/Hisia ya huzuni

MARA nyingi, tunapopata changamoto au mitihani ya maisha, huwa inaambatana na hisia ya huzuni; unyonge; kupoteza furaha; na kujihisi ovyo ovyo. Hisia hii ni aina ya hali ambayo inaitwa depression, na iwapo hatua stahiki hazitachukuliwa na muathirika, na watu wa karibu yake, inaweza kujijenga kwenye akili; hisia; na mwili wa muathirika, hadi kuwa ni ugonjwa. Depression...

Mwanamke Jithamini. Jiamini. Jipende

TUKIFATA mrengo wa J 3 kwenye maisha yetu sisi wanawake, • J- Jithamini • J- Jiamini • J- Jipende tutakuwa tumepiga hatua kwenye maisha yetu, na kuweza kukabili changamoto za kujihisi sisi ni duni thamani- lacking in worth. Ni ukweli usipingika kuwa tunavyojichukulia sisi wenyewe; tunavyojiweka kwenye kishubaka ndani ya jamii zetu; tunavyokubali kutungiwa lebo duni; ndivyo jamii inavyotuchukulia,...

Titbits from Titi

▪︎ "Nilipewa jina Titi, kwa Waswahili khaswa inamaanisha 'Mama' ▪︎ "Mie Mmatumbi, nimekulia Mtaa wa Gerezani. Wakati huo, utotoni, hapo ndipo palikuwa Uswahilini" ▪︎ "baada ya kuchezwa mkole, nikaolewa, nikafungua binti yangu Halima. Ndoa haikudumu, nikaachika. Nikarudi kwa wazee wangu Mtaa wa Gerezani, nikapanga vyumba karibu na kwetu. Mama alimlea sana Halima (mwanangu)" ▪︎ nikaanza kuimba taarab...

Ingekuwaje iwapo TAMWA tusingemtoa Bibi Titi Mohamed arudi kwenye medani ya uanaharakati?

Ingekuwaje iwapo TAMWA tusingemtoa Bibi Titi Mohamed arudi kwenye medani ya uanaharakati? NAKUMBUKA mwaka 1992, Da Maria Shaba (Da Ma) aliponiambia "twende kumwamkua Bibi Titi Mohamed". Nilibaki mdomo wazi. "Bibi Titi Mohamed, Da Ma?" "Ndiyo huyo" akajibu Da Ma. Hapo ndipo nilipokwenda nyumbani kwa Bibi Titi Mohamed, Upanga, Dar es Salaam na kuanza urafiki naye. Nikimwita 'shosti'. Baadaye, wana TAMWA akina •...

Celebrating the Two great Swahili Women- Siti bint Saad and Bibi Titi Mohamed

▪︎ "Nilikwenda Zanzibar mwaka 1942, kwa meli. Alinichukua mume wangu wa pili, Bwana Mahmoud. Sijawahi kuona ukarimu aina hiyo. Nilikaribishwa nyumbani kwa Bi Jokha Steiner, alikuwa mke wa Seyyid Sood, lakini alitoka huku Bara, Tanganyika. Alialika mabibiye chai ya usiku. Ma sha Allah, ukiingia, unapokewa baibui; unapewa kanga za kujitanda. Unafushwa udi, unapakwa uttur kwenye mikono. Chini pametandikwa...

Stress

TUNAPOZONGWA na mawazo hadi kuleta hali ambayo mitaani wanaita vyuma vimekaza au umepata mkazo ni jambo na hisia tunaichukulia kama 'kawaida', kwenye maisha yetu. Takriban mara chache sana, huwa tunaanisha uwepo wa hiyo hali kwenye maisha yetu, hadi kuathiri afya zetu za mwili, na, za hisia. Stress ni 'rafiki' ambaye hatumhitaji, wala hatumtaki, kwenye maisha yetu,...

DONDOO

WATU wenye ulemavu wanayo haki ya: ■ Kuishi ■ Kusoma ■ Kupata ulinzi ■ Afya ■ Kuwa na ajira au biashara inayoleta ujira ■ Kuwa na mpenzi ■ Kufanya mapenzi ■ Kuoa au kuolewa ■ Kupata watoto- wa kutoka kwenye mwili wake, au watoto wa kulea/adopted/fostered ■ Kushiriki kwenye maisha ya kijamii ■ Kushiriki kwenye nyanja ya siasa ■ Kumiliki ardhi na/au mali ■ Kupewa ajira, iwapo...

Je, wanawake Waswahili waliopigania Uhuru wa Taifa letu walikuwa washamba, hawakusoma?

TUANZE kwa kuweka msisitizo kuwa wanawake Waswahili wakati wa mishe mishe za kupigania Uhuru hawakuwa: washamba mbumbumbu wasioweza kusoma wala kuandika waliokuwa nyuma kimaendeleo Ukweli ni huu: Waswahili tokea makarne 7-9 nyuma, walishakuwa watanashati; jamii yenye utamaduni ulioendelea; na hawakuwa washamba, asilan wanawake Waswahili walikuwa SIYO mbumbumbu, kwa sababu wakisoma na kuandika kwa ABJAD ya...

Ngono lazimishi inapokithiri hadi kuumiza mwanamke

TOKEA dakhari zamani, mwanamke anachukuliwa kuwa ni- Kiumbe Dhalili Hana Haki Ya Melki Juu Ya Mwili Wake Hana Haki Ya Kusema Kwa Mwanaume Anaelazimisha Ngono "Hapana. Sitaki Mahusiano ya Kimwili Na Wewe" Sijakupenda, Na Sitakupenda, Hivyo, Kaa Mbali Na Mimi Sitaki Kushikwa Shikwa Mwili Wangu Bila Ridhaa Yangu Acha Kunifanyia Shambulio La Aibu, Maamuzi...

FEMICIDE- Mauaji ya wanawake

WANAWAKE wamekuwa wakiuawa duniani, kwa mikono ya wanaume, hususan, waume ndani ya ndoa; au wanauliwa na 'wapenzi wao' 🥺 japokuwa sisi watetezi wa ulinzi wa wanawake hatuwezi kuwaita 'wapenzi'. Ni wauaji wa kikatili, wanaotumia mabavu; vitisho; silaha walizokuwa nazo kama panga; magongo; au bastola, kuua wanawake kama njia ya kudhalilisha; kukomoa 'jeuri' ya wanawake; na...

Gender Desks against sexual harassment

THIRTY ONE years after the sad demise of Levina Mukasa, a student of the University of Dar es Salaam, who committed suicide because of sexual harassment, Tanzania has made the Decision to have Gender Desks in institutions of middle, and higher learning. Levina died because she didn't have the support needed for survivors of...

Mzuri na Mnyama Pori – Beauty and the Beast

NILIPOKUA mtoto, nikipewa orodha ya vitabu vya kusoma, ili niweze kujifunza kusoma, wakati huo, pia najifunza lugha ya Kingereza na Kiarabu. Nilianza kufundishwa ABJAD ya Kilatini na ABJAD ya Kiarabu kuanzia umri wa miaka 2. Ilikua kwa sababu niweze kusoma Kiswahili na Kingereza, na pia niweze kusoma Qura'an Majeed kwa lugha ya Kiarabu. Nawashukuru wazazi wangu na...

Adha ya Ukatili wa Kijinsia

Picha kwa hisani ya Chama cha Wanasheria Wanawake Tanzania TAWLA KILA mwaka ifikapo Novemba 25, wanaharakati na wadau, tunaanza kuadhimisha Siku 16 za Kupiga Vita ili Kutokomeza Ukatili wa Kijinsia. Mwaka huu 2021, tutakuwa tumetimiza miaka 30, tangu 1991, ambapo wanaharakati na wadau ulimwenguni, tulianza kupaza sauti dhidi ya ukatili wa kijinsia, na umuhimu wa kutokomeza...

Mixing metaphors with sarcasm, and sometimes, outright derogatory stances

WHEN I was growing up, my ethnic and cultural description; prescription; and antecedents; those of the Waswahili, was among the most 'popular' way of deriding a person. One would hear "Acha Uswahili wako.."; or "Huyo Mswahili tu..." These definitions carried deeply entrenched deriding undertones of the identity and culture of the Waswahili peoples. Unfortunately, most Waswahili 'accepted'...

Anti Persons Trafficking

VANGUARD FORUM : Discussions to eliminate trafficking of humans in Tanzania Summary of the conversation which took place on August 16, 2017 1. How do we as a nation intervene and eliminate human trafficking? HUMAN trafficking and sexual exploitation is the acquisition and exploitation of people, through means such as force; fraud; or deception. The practice ensnares...

Sexual Harassment

IS sexual harassment an economic crime? Yes, sexual harassment is, an economic crime, in the context of: The impact of sexual harassment in the income of the victims/survivor The impact on the health of the victim/survivor, to the detriment of their earning capacity The loss of trained and skilled workforce to the nation The invasion of and destruction of...

Sex coercion or sex corruption?

In the last two years, we have heard a new terminology in our country, one that seeks to define sexual coercion as sexual corruption. Sexual coercion, when a person woman or man is being forced to engage in unwanted sexual acts is a form of corruption; however, encapsulating sex coercion in sex corruption limits the...

Notes on Gender Based Violence

In the photo (foreground) Gender Justice Activist Professor Ruth Meena of the TGNP makes a point against GBV Article 1 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights says “Every individual must be entitled to equal protection of the law.” Tanzania has inherited the English legal system though it sometimes works parallel to customary...

Being a Feminist

THE MAINSTREAM often has this image of feminists as a bunch of mustachioed; shouting until hoarse; man hating women. However, the reality is far from this stereotype. Most of the feminists I know, Yours Truly included, are ordinary, feminine women, with ordinary, feminine characteristics. We wear make up; fall in love with that macho...

Strategies to Confront Gender Based Violence GBV

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a grave reality in the lives of many women in Tanzania. It results from gender norms and social and economic inequities that give privilege to men over women. There is a mounting recognition in Tanzania of gender discrimination and gender equity in different facets of life. This awakening includes a...

Elimination of Discrimination against Women in Tanzania

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women met on February 26, 2016, in Geneva and considered the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Tanzania on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women CEDAW. Presenting the reports, Modest J. Mero, Permanent...

UNYAGO Puberty rites

UNYAGO, or puberty rites, was brought to the coast of Tanzania by Ngindo; Manyema; and Nyasa; migrant ethnic groups in the early 19th century but as a practice, was confined to African peoples until the late 19th century when it was adopted by the Swahili coastal community and incorporated in Swahili culture as an...

Domestic Workers

DOMESTIC WORKERS are the least respected and least exposed working group of women though their contribution to the economy is substantial.  Though they are in the periphery as a labor force, they enable professional women to have the time to engage in practical pursuits to further their careers. They are the ones who spend...

The Kinondoni Files

The Social Welfare Department in the Kinondoni District Commissioner’s office receives an average of 120 domestic violence cases per month. Over 45 per cent are new cases while the rest are ongoing cases. BAKWATA, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, receives an average of 11 new domestic violence cases per month. The Tanzania Assemblies of...

The Rights of Women in Islam

BISMILLAHI RAHMAAN, RAHIM  In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, and the Most Merciful MANY issues are brought to light of the atrocities committed against Muslim women on the mistaken belief that it is an Islamic prescription. This is in contrast to the fact that the Koran strongly condemns all forms of oppression...

Tanzania needs Domestic Violence Legislation

Domestic Violence is a violation of Human Rights.  Violence directed against women by their intimate partners which is known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is an epidemic of global proportions with devastating physical; emotional; financial; and social effects; on women, children, families, and communities around the world. The definition of Domestic Violence needs to...

Rejoice!

SONG AND DANCE are two mediums of communication that women have used the world over as a way of expression. Indeed, the poetry of movement; the lyrics; the lilting melodies of many of our songs have been perfect vehicles for putting together our thoughts; aspirations; triumphs; sadness; displeasure; and love. Through song and dance,...

He is in Love………..

HE IS CONSUMED by a passionate fire which has engulfed his entire life; his entire being. He is faithful. In fact, he has always been in love with one person. He spends hours gazing at that person, never getting tired. He admires the person’s wit; the person’s charm; the person’s savoir faire. When he...

When Polygamy Backfires

THERE IS NOTHING women dread most than to hear their husbands announce “I’m getting myself a second wife”. Polygamy though tolerated in many ethnic groups in Tanzania, is the stuff that nightmares are made of for the women, not only for the first wife, but the subsequent ones as well! However, there is a...

Stories of Empowerment

Surviving HIV I AM A SURVIVOR. This story is about life, not about death. My name is Sikudhani. I’m 48 years of age. I’m a person living with HIV (PLHIV). I have been living with HIV/AIDS, by living I mean I have been living with the HIV Virus, for the last 25 years. Most...

Three generations of women Beggars

MY NAME IS TUMAINI. My mother called me Tumaini, Hope, thinking that my birth would improve her lot in life. It did not! All members of my family are beggars. My two aunts; my cousin Wema; my little brother Nyau; and all our friends here in Dar es Salaam are beggars. We survive by...

Who Should be Responsible for CHILDCARE in Tanzania?

Childcare has been invariably defined as a process which requires proper manipulation of the child’s environment and needs before birth, early childhood, pre-school age, school-age and teenage. This is essential for the physical, mental, psychological and social development of the child. It is a dynamic process of physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth and...

STOP Trafficking of Women and Girls

Anecdotal evidence as well as formal research seems to show that the practice of trafficking in women and girls is increasing in Tanzania, and thus we should no longer hide our heads in the sand and pretend this constituency does not exist. Current interventions among women and girls who engage in the sex trade,...

Tanzania Urgently Needs a Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy

SEXUAL and Reproductive Health encompasses health and well-being in matters related to sexual health; sexual relations; pregnancies and birthing Rights. It deals with the most intimate and private aspects of people’s lives, which can be difficult to write about and discuss publicly. As a result, the public misunderstands many sexual and reproductive health matters....

The Best of Both Worlds

Having the best of both worlds is what all married women who work strive for. A successful, well paid career on the one hand and a happy marriage with a well-oiled home and healthy children on the other hand. “However, since most of us are not ‘Super-women’, we fail to attain the dream and...

Quotes from Feisty Ladies

“Women have the inner power to accomplish anything we set out to do. It is patriarchy which prevents women from reaching our full potential. Isn’t it time that we dismantle patriarchy and put in place a gender responsive culture” Amina Mama, Feminist Activist     “Eti ngwinji atambe! Atambie kitu gain?” Siti Khadija Kopa,...

Hidden Voices of HIV/AIDS

TANZANIA has been ‘living with HIV/AIDS for 34 years’! There is an entire generation of young people who were born in the wake of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and this generation has not experienced a world without HIV/AIDS. To them, the two words- HIV and AIDS are a fact of life which they have had...