WOMEN MAKING HISTORY IN TANZANIA!
The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, his Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has appointed Dr. Tulia Ackson to the position of Deputy Attorney General effective from the 9th of September 2015. His Excellency has also appointed two commissioners; Honorable. Mary Longway and Advocate. Asina A. Omari, to the National Elections Commission (NEC) effective from the 14th of September 2015.
Dr. Tulia Ackson is a law lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam; Hon. Mary Longway is a retired judge of the High Court of Tanzania and Advocate. Asina A. Omari is an Independent legal counsel and also a law lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam.
The appointed are long serving and committed members of Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA). Advocate. Asina Omari is the current Honorable Treasurer of TAWLA. All the appointees have contributed immensely towards the realization of TAWLA’s mission and vision.
TAWLA’s Chairperson Ms. Aisha Bade in her words congratulated the appointees, “It is good to see our members being given an opportunity to serve the country, this is a great achievement for the women of Tanzania.” I wish to thank the president of the United Republic of Tanzania for these historic appointments which is a progressive step towards gender equality.”
Advocate. Asina Omari and Honorable. Mary Longway has been sworn in today Wednesday 16th September, 2015 at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
Champion of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Schools
TAWLA, through the support of SIDA, has established Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) clubs in eight secondary schools within four regions in mainland Tanzania namely Arusha, Tanga, Dodoma and Dar-es Salaam.
This program was informed by the escalating number of teen pregnancies which result in high dropout rates of girls. On average 8000 girls drop out of school every year due to early pregnancies.
The aim of establishing these clubs was to enhance child participation and raise awareness among the youth on sexual and reproductive health. This knowledge will be instrumental in curbing the high rates of teen pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and also build the capacity of youth; on life skills, and accessibility to health services from health centers.
In addition, TAWLA has trained 15 teachers from 8 schools who have done a good job in establishing clubs. These teachers will supervise the club training and other activities with support from TAWLA.
In a recent visit to one of the school clubs TAWLA Advocacy Officer – Sima Bateyunga mentioned that “it is encouraging to find out that teachers are doing well regardless of SRHR being a new concept to them.”
2015 National Gender Festival
The National Gender Festival is an open forum of like minded organizations and individuals from every region of Tanzania, including Pemba and Zanzibar, as well as the neighboring countries of Africa and beyond.The Forum provides a unique space to: share experiences and knowledge, celebrate achievements, assess challenges ahead in bringing social transformation, strengthen networking and coalition building, contribute to public debate and plan collectively for social change from a feminist perspective.The first gender Festival was organized in 1996; since then Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) MTANDAO, and likeminded CSOs, GDSS and grassroots partners have successfully organized a series of 11 festivals based on a variety of themes.
The 2015 Gender Festival will provide an opportunity for critical reflection and alternative based on impact of neoliberal policies to women and marginalized groups both at national and local level in line with the 2015 theme: Gender, Democracy and development: Transformation is inevitable. The festival wi2015. The Gender festival will be an ideal platform for TAWLA to enhance her visibility, establish networks, share experiences and harness synergies with like minded organizations.
During the festival, TAWLA will provide legal aid; coordinate a moot court and facilitate live radio and TV programs (KIPIMAJOTO on Friday 4th September) during the Gender Festival. The Forum will also double up as a platform to inform the public on the core role of TAWLA in enhancing access to justice for women and children through the provision of legal aid services.
Will writting campaign
"Wills are very helpful in avoiding family conflicts after death. Practically women and children are the most affected once their guardian dies; the will would support such groups to have their rights protected; this has nothing do to with anyone’s death predictions.”Said Prime Minister Hon. Mizengo Pinda