February 24,2015 High Commission of Canada honors advocate working to end child marriage The High Commission of Canada presented an award today to honor a Tanzanian who has made a distinguished contribution to the effort to end child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM). The High Commissioner of Canada, H.E. Alexandre Lévêque, presented the award to Ms. Valerie Msoka, at a ceremony this afternoon at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam.
March 08,2015 Every year March 08, the whole world celebrates women’s day around the world. TAMWA as the largest shareholder of women and children rights has been the forefront duting celebration. TAMWA made various exhibitions as well as provided legal support and advice, in the event the special guest was the president of the Republic of Tanzania honorable Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete accompanied by the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children honorable Sophia Simba with his deputy, Hon Pindi Chana.
March 27,2015 Zaidi ya Wanachama 100 wa Chama cha Wanahabari Wanawake nchini- TAMWA Jumamosi tarehe 28th Machi, 2015 wanafanya Mkutano wake Mkuu wa mwaka 2014 ambapo pamoja na mambo mengine wanachama watapata fursa ya kutathmini kazi zilizofanyika mwaka 2014, na utekelezaji wa mpango mkakati wa 2015-2021. Mkutano huo utaanza saa 2:00 asubuhi katika ofisi za chama zilizoko Sinza Mori, Dar es Salaam.
April 01,2015 Speaking Out for Girls: CARE Hosts Tanzanian Activist to Discuss Child, Early and Forced Marriage CARE Canada was pleased to host a special event March 24 featuring Tanzanian activist Valerie Msoka to highlight the issue of child, early and forced marriage. Msoka is the executive director of the Tanzanian Media Women’s Association (TAMWA). A skilled communicator and advocacy leader, she has three decades of experience in communications, including with the BBC World Service, with Tanzanian radio and with the United Nations. Earlier this year, Canada’s High Commission in Tanzania awarded Msoka with the Champion Against Child, Early and Forced Marriage in Tanzania Award to recognize her efforts to protect the rights of women and girls. The award was chosen on the recommendation of a jury of development partners from a list of candidates nominated by leading Tanzanian civil society organization. Discussing the issue of child, early and forced marriage means not only saying “it is bad,” said Msoka, but it also means discussing with journalists and policymakers how it affects the development of a country, isolates the girl child and is against human rights. Regarding the context in Tanzania, Msoka said addressing child, early and forced marriage means understanding the challenges, which includes patriarchy, social norms, conflicting laws that create loopholes, education that doesn’t meet the needs of girls, and a lack of awareness and political will towards this issue, said Msoka. In speaking out, the goal is to ensure “the generation that is to come is looked after and they know that they are going to be protected and loved just as the boy child,” said Msoka. The event was coordinated with the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD) and also featured presentations by CARE Canada, Save the Children Canada and Plan Canada on efforts to address child, early and forced marriage. Fighting child marriage must be part of a broad approach Stopping this issue must be part of a broader, comprehensive approach, said Helal Haque, program director for CARE in Ethiopia. He noted that to address girls’ issues, we must address poverty at large, which is the cause of such problems. This requires working with institutions, developing economic empowerment opportunities such as CARE’s village savings and loans groups, which can also be used as a platform to raise these issues, and also addressing local media to bring broader change. He added that it is crucial that programming works with all members of the community, even those that may be hostile to the topic. “It is very important in a community that the gatekeepers must be sensitized and part of your activities. If you keep them as enemies and don’t work with them, you will not be successful. If you can get them as allies that are best,” said Halal. In the coming months, CARE Canada will be launching new projects in Benin and Mali, which directly address the issues of child, early and forced marriage, thanks to the support of the Government of Canada through the DFATD. These projects will support 21,200 people, including women, girls, boys and men directly affected by forced and early marriage. The focus will be to both prevent early and forced marriage, but also support those girls who were already married young. The project also places an emphasis on working with local leaders, authorities and stakeholders to multiply the impact of CARE’s initiatives further and reach a total of 1.19 million people indirectly with messaging and structural change that address this topic. In speaking with CARE after the event, Msoka said she is seeing change happening in the issue of child, early and forced marriage. “The tide is turning. Canada is talking about it, which shows that it is gaining momentum from the village, community, national level, it’s now at the international stage and that means with more players, there will be more action,” said Msoka. “I always go by the African saying, which says, ‘If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others.’ So, if a lot of us are there, we will walk far.”