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Women Coalition On Constitutionalism Rights For Women in Tanzania

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has looked at the plight of women in the past 53 years including, discrimitive laws, land issues, gender inequality and outdated culture and traditions and rectified these,” she said.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.

 

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).

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CRCNEWS

November 28, 2014

On-going Events This November and December

December 25, 2014 Public rally from Mnazi Mmoja ground to Karimjee hall. Nationally this has been organised by WiLDAF, TAMWA is among the major stakeholders and will fully participate.

This year theme is “OPEN UP! DISCLOSE GENDER BASED VIOLENCE FOR THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY

December 2, 2014 CRC –TAMWA one day education awareness session with Kinondoni and Kitunda-Kivule paralegals at TAMWA conference centre.

December 5,2014 CRC will hold a one day counselling for clients at TAMWA grounds, (counselling will be in a form of group and one by one).(Bring your neighbour, sons and daughters)-We are going to invite a Specialist Counsellor who is going to team with CRC. Click here for more activities.

July 17,2014

 SUMMARY REPORT ON PARALEGAL TRAINING HELD ON 15TH  – 16TH  JULY 2014 AT  TAMWA OFFICE DAR ES SALAAM

 1.  About Training

CRC - TAMWA conducted two days training to twelve Paralegals from Newala, Ruanga,Lindi Rural and  Kinondoni - Dar es salaam.

This took place  on 15th  and 16th July 2014 at TAMWA Conference Room, Sinza Mori.

2.  OBJECTIVES

  • To know their challenges especially in providing Legal Aid services and counselling;
  • To raise awareness on Laws relating to public issues like the ’Marriage Act’, ’Land Law,’ ’Inheritance Law’ etc. and
  • To overcome  challenges and  improve better services.

3. Training Team

The Facilitators for the training were the Excecutive Director of TAMWA, Ms.Valeria Msoka; CRC-Coordinator – TAMWA Ms. Gladness Hemedi Munuo, Social Worker CRC- TAMWA Ms. Marcella Lungu and Legal Officer of CRC – Tamwa Ms.  Loyce Gondwe

4.  Areas Covered

  • Training Objectives;
  • The Law of Marriage Act of 1971;
  • Ward Tribunal and Village Council;
  • Probate Act and administration of the Deceased Estate;
  • Court System;
  • By Laws;
  • How to provide counseling; and
  • General duties and obligation of Paralegals.

July 14,2014

Up coming events this July,2014

  1. Crisis Resolving centre (CRC) will conduct Paralegal Training that will commence on 15th to 16th of July, 2014 at TAMWA Resource Centre where by Paralegals from Kindondoni, Newala, Lindi rural and Ruangwa districts will come together to learn and share legal issues related to Gender based Violence (GBV) facilitated by GEWE II:GBV component project.
  2. Crisis Resolving centre (CRC) provide Legal Aid Services every Monday to Wednesday and is opened at  09:00 AM and closed at 03:00 PM.

20.12.2013

CRISIS RESOLVING CENTRE (CRS)

From January to December 2013 CRC attended a total of 2878 clients for the three districts of Dar es Salaam region. Of these, 2470 were from Kinondoni district, 250 from Ilala district and 158 clients from Temeke district. These cases were on matrimonial disputes, Probate, Child maintenance, child abduction, land disputes, rape and family abandonment.

With TAMWA being recognized in its fight against GBV, the CRC received 30 cases clients from other regions seeking services. These included two young girls who had run away from Hanang’, Arusha to escape FGM and child marriage.

In building the capacity of the response mechanisms, CRC trained police gender desk officer from different police posts in Kinondoni district on handling of domestic violence cases. Another training was conducted for 60 paralegals from Kinondoni, Newala, Ruangwa and Lindi Rural district on handling gender based violence cases in their villages.

On a daily basis CRC has managed to:

1. Support women and children survivors of gender based violence in terms of food, cloths shelter and education.

2. Reunite children with their mothers – those who were forcibly taken from their mothers.

3. Provide capacity building to women to enable them to defend their rights in public.

4. Reach both the perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence/gender based violence and educate them on the rights of women and children and the negative effects of GBV on their children and the society.

5. Protect survivors of domestic violence especially underage girls who were forced to stop school in order to get married.

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Member's Achievements

July 08,2014

Mariam Hamdani and Valerie Msoka are two veteran TAMWANITES who have this year made their mark in Tanzania’s media literary scene.

In a book titled ‘A history of Zanzibar Media – Traditions and Transitions’ Mariam Hamdani and co-authors Ali Rashid and Fatma S. Amour, chronicle the history of media and mass communication development in Zanzibar from time immemorial to-date.

For more information download it.

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