July 19,2014 WOMEN COALITION ON CONSTITUTIONALISM RIGHTS FOR WOMEN MEETS WITH EDITORS TAMWA Executive Director Ms Valerie Msoka talking to Editors from Tanzania media houses about Women rights issues to be incorporated in the New Constitution during a meeting between Women Coalition and editors held at TAMWA Resource Center at Sinza Mori on Saturday July 19,2014. The Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), in collaboration with the Women Coalition on Women’s Rights and Constitutionalism Rights in Tanzania met with editors from various media houses seeking their support in creating awareness on the women’s agenda in the new constitution. The meeting was held at TAMWA’s office in Dar es Salaam. The meeting discussed issues that the Women Coalition seeks to address through the constitution, such as conflicting laws, norms and traditions which are affecting women’s access to basic human rights and the existence of discrimination and oppression against women and children, especially the girl child in our society. The coalition believes that redressing these issues will ensure that all Tanzanians, women and men, enjoy being part of a democratic society that respects human rights equality for all. This is because a constitution that is gender sensitive is built on principles of equality, dignity and respect for women and men and which will not allow for any form of discrimination and/ or oppression in the society. One of the member of Women Coalition in Constitutionalism Rights for Women, Dr Ave Maria Semakafu sharing Women's constitutional agenda that need editors attention during this time of constitution review process. The Women Coalition also believes that the new constitution has the responsibility to ensure that all its action promotes and geared towards ensuring gender equality and empowering women as a means of achieving Tanzania’s goals of peace and security as well as a sustainable political, economic and social development. The Coalition consists of more than fifty organizations and individuals which defend women and human rights in Tanzania such as TAMWA, Equality for Growth (EFG), Tanzania Women Lawyer Association (TAWLA), Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) and Tanzania Women Cross Party (TWCP-ULINGO).
Women Coalition On Constitutionalism Rights For Women in Tanzania December 17,2014 The Coalition of Women and Constitution held a one-day workshop with more than 30 community Radio editors to enhance their understanding of women’s rights issues in the Proposed Constitution. TAMWA Executive Director, Valerie Msoka, who was one of facilitators, said TAMWA believes the media is a powerful vehicle for social change. “The proposed constitution has looked at the plight of women in the past 53 years including, discrimitive laws, land issues, gender inequality and outdated culture and traditions and rectified these,” she said. The coalition is made up of more than 50 Civil Society Organizations and Individual members who are defenders of Human Rights, especially women’s and Children’s rights; these includes Tanzania Media Women Association(TAMWA) Women Fund Tanzania (WFT), Tanzania Women Cross Party (TWCP)-ULINGO, , Tanzania Gender Networking Programme ( TGNP), Tanzania Women Lawyers(TAWLA),Equality for Growth (EfG), Haki za Wanawake (HAWA), Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO), Shirikisho la Vyama vya Walemavu Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA), Tanzania Union Congress Tanzania (TUCTA), Tumaini Women Development Association (TUWODEA), Women Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), Zanzibar Gender Coalition(ZGC) na Wanawake wanaharakati binafsi.