Project information

End violence against women and girls in Tanzania

We want to end violence against women and harmful traditional practices, such as FGM and child marriage, which violate women’s human rights. Our partner in Tanzania will empower whole communities to end FGM and child marriage.

April 2016 - March 2018

Charity information: Womankind Worldwide

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  • Need


    In Tanzania FGM is a real danger for women and girls. It is a violation of their human rights. It leads to serious health problems and even death. Early and forced marriage devastates the lives of women. These practices are part of a culture in which violence against women is commonplace. But our partner Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)is working to change this.


    For these practices to end women must know their rights, communities must support them and justice services must be fair. WLAC will teach women their rights and make sure the most vulnerable women and girls are supported to access them. They will make communities aware of the need to end violence against women, make sure the police know their responsibilities and carry them out and provide legal advice to women in refugee camps and nearby communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. The communities our partners work in will stop FGM and early/forced marriage


    » Radio programmes will inform whole communities of women’s rights and why FGM needs to end.
    » Women who have been empowered through training sessions will lead their communities to end these harmful practices.
    » Police will support women survivors of violence, sending a message to communities that they will not tolerate violence against women and girls.

    What success will look like

    6600 young women and 2400 young men receive visits from refugee paralegals to make them aware of women's rights.

    Aim 2

    Women and girls who are at risk of violence can access information and support


    » Weekly radio shows will inform women in the refugee camp and beyond about their rights.
    » Refugee paralegals will give women in the camp access to justice and counselling and the mobile clinics will provide this for women in nearby areas.

    What success will look like

    30 female and 15 male police officers trained on women's rights and the law. 4889 women receive legal aid and counselling.

    Aim 3

    Community members will be aware of women’s rights and support women when they experience violence


    » Radio programmes will reach thousands of people across three areas, making them aware of women’s rights.

    What success will look like

    5400 women and 6600 men reached through weekly radio programmes on women’s rights.

  • Impact


    1. Women survivors of violence can access legal aid and counselling. This will be measured through how many women report violence, surveys of three areas and how many women access counselling services.
    2. An end to FGM in the refugee camp and surrounding areas. This will be measured by surveys, reports to police and women’s testimonies.
    3. An end to child marriage in the refugee camp and surrounding areas. This will be measured by surveys, women’s testimonies and rep


    Currently the refugee camp in Tanzania is receiving thousands of new refugees from Burundi. The camp is struggling to cope at the moment and women who have fled horrific violence, including sexual attacks, will need a lot of psychological and financial support. The refugee paralegals may find it difficult to keep up with new cases. WLAC is currently training more paralegals and trying to ensure the new refugees know that they have rights as refugees.


    Donors to the project will receive an annual email report on the progress and activities of the project. We will include case study information on some of the women and girls who have been helped by the project, video updates and pictures of the projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,094

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,581 Training law enforcers Transport, stationery, refreshments and trainer fees across three regions
      £15,218 Weekly radio programmes Programmes discuss women's rights and FGM. Hiring the studio and transport to get to the studio.
      £8,710 Mobile legal aid clinic Legal aid officers, fuel, advertising and court fees for women
      £14,585 Refugee paralegal services 67 refugee paralegals provide advice to women and girls in the camp. Expenses, car and stationery.
  • Background


    UNHCR has documented that violence against women and girls in refugee camps in Tanzania has been consistently high for years. Poverty, inadequate shelter and harmful traditions increase this, especially FGM and early/forced marriage. Across the country, girls as young as 8 are married, and the Constitution does not set a minimum age. This often means they leave school early and are more vulnerable to violence from their partners. s the country, girls as young as 8 are married, and the Const


    Women and girls who have experience violence will be able to seek support and justice. Vulnerable girls will receive information on their rights and how to stand up against abuse.

    Women and girls will be supported by their communities and families, including the police, who have been made aware of women’s rights.

    Girls will no longer experience FGM and will have more freedom over marriage. This will improve their education and giving them more freedom over their own bodies.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 26 years of experience, supporting effective, locally-run projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. You can be confident that your support will be contributing to work that is enabling women to achieve real change in their lives.

    Our partner WLAC has been promoting women’s rights since 1994 and has excellent experience of working in the refugee camp and surrounding areas. They were the first organisation to train refugee paralegals and are recognised as experts in this field.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Wendy Ngoma

    Wendy id the Womankind Programme Manager for Tanzania. She will oversee the work and monitor the project.

    Women's Legal Aid Centre

    WLAC will implement the project and report to Womankind regularly

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