Tanzania – Gender and Labour Rights

Tanzania - well known for landmarks such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and one of the larger countries in Africa sits alongside the Indian Ocean in eastern Africa. A beautifully diverse nation - in both geography and population - Tanzania is home to 125 ethnic groups with over 100 languages spoken across the country.

44.6% of Tanzania’s fast-growing population of 43 million is made up of youth under the age of 15 making the protection of children a key priority. In 2009, Tanzania passed the Law of the Child Act, officially committing to enforce justice for children. However, gender-based violence, a lack of education about and access to sexual and reproductive rights, and high levels of early marriage still persist despite these positive efforts.

Equality for Growth

Equality for Growth (EfG) are a gender-focused organisation in Tanzania who focus on helping women traders in the informal market sector in Dar es Salaam to better understand their human and labour rights, develop leadership skills, and organise to claim their labour rights.

Previously, VIDEA has placed two interns at EfG who assisted with delivering resource mobilisation and information programmes. In addition to interns, VIDEA is proud to provide support for EfG in their work to bring female market traders together to work together to claim their rights within the markets and grow their businesses.

Children's Dignity Forum

The Children's Dignity Forum (CDF) is a gender and child focused organisation focusing on issues around child marriage, female genital mutilation, and the participation and protection of children. CDF works to secure the human rights of children in Tanzania.

This is a new partnership for VIDEA and we hope to support CDF in the future with the placement of interns and continual support of CDF's gender focused advocacy work.

Women's Legal Aid Centre

The Women's Legal Aid Centre (WLAC) provides legal advice and counseling for marginalized women throughout Tanzania through their main office as well as a mobile outreach unit. WLAC assists women to learn more about issues surrounding gender-based violence, land rights issues, custody challenges, etc.

In the past, VIDEA has also placed two International Youth interns with WLAC, who were able to work alongside staff on a variety of programmes.